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Harris Township accepts Christopher Lee’s resignation as supervisor

The Harris Township Board of Supervisors accepted the resignation of Christopher Lee who is currently incarcerated on charges of child pornography and exploitation.
The Harris Township Board of Supervisors accepted the resignation of Christopher Lee who is currently incarcerated on charges of child pornography and exploitation. CDT file photo

The Board of Supervisors on Monday officially accepted the resignation of now-former member Christopher Lee.

Township Manager Amy Farkas announced Lee’s resignation in a Feb. 2 email.

Lee, 66, has been absent from the board since he was indicted on federal charges of child exploitation and child pornography in October.

In a letter to the board dated Feb. 1, Lee cited his “unavailability to attend meetings” as the reason for his resignation.

The motion to accept the resignation was unanimous.

“It’s a relief he has resigned,” Chairman Nigel Wilson said following the meeting. “It will make it easier for the township to operate.”

Wilson said he and Vice Chairman Dennis Hameister have been covering the two committees Lee formerly sat on — public safety and parks capital. The person who fills the position may be appointed to those committees, he said, or the board may take the opportunity to shake up the assignments.

According to Wilson, the board has 30 days by law to fill Lee’s empty seat, putting the deadline at March 9. If the township can’t find a replacement within that time, the vacancy board must find someone within 15 days after that deadline.

Interested residents can apply until Feb. 20, he said. Residents must have lived in the township for at least a year and be a registered elector.

Public interviews of applicants will be held Feb. 25, he said. The board can choose a replacement at that time, or wait until the next regular scheduled meeting March 9.

This appointee will serve until the end of 2015, he said.

According to Hameister, there has been verbal interest in the seat. Interested parties now have a chance to make it official.

Lee has been in custody since Oct. 2 and remains incarcerated in Columbia County. He was charged charged with using facilities in interstate commerce to entice or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity and possession and receipt of child pornography, according to the Department of Justice.

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