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Karen Newpol named as new Cranberry supervisor

CRANBERRY — Longtime Cranberry Township resident and volunteer Karen Newpol unanimously was selected Thursday evening to fill the vacant seat on the township board of supervisors left open by the passing Richard “Dick” Hadley in August.

A graduate of the inaugural class of the Community Leadership Institute of Cranberry Township and a board member of the Cranberry Township Community Chest since 2011, Newpol has contributed time to Cranberry community organizations since 1997.

Newpol will be the first woman to serve on the board since the 1970s, township manager Dan Santoro said.

“There were so many applicants that would do a great job as a supervisor,” township supervisor Bruce Mazzoni said. “I think Karen had some great community leadership qualities that stood out above and beyond. I think her enthusiasm in the interview process was there, that I think we all recognized accordingly. I think she will be a nice asset to the board ourselves, giving us a different view and a different approach as we move forward.”

In a statement, Newpol said she was “humbled with the selection” and looks forward to working with staff and fellow supervisors.

“I am thrilled to be selected as a township supervisor, especially as I know there were many strong candidates also under consideration,” Newpol said. “I am saddened that it was done this way with the passing of Dick Hadley. I know it's impossible to accomplish everything that Supervisor Hadley has done for our community, but I promise I will work hard to help make Cranberry one of the best communities in our state.”

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