EVANS CITY — A former councilman will return to the borough building on the first Monday evening of each month to serve as the new mayor.
Dean Zinkhann, who is a lifelong resident of the borough, will fill the seat left open by former Mayor Gary Foster, who resigned for health reasons.
Zinkhann said Foster leaves huge shoes to fill.
“He bled for this borough,” he said. “Gary Foster is all Evans City; the heart and soul of the town.”
Zinkhann also has proved he has a heart for his hometown as he was a councilman for eight years in the 1970s, and he retired a few years ago as a teacher at Evans City Elementary School.
“I thought I’d give some experience back to the town,” Zinkhann said of his decision to apply for the remainder of Foster’s term, which will expire at the end of the year.
Zinkhann said he will likely run for the seat this year, but he hasn’t decided for sure.
“We’ll see how it goes,” he said.
Zinkhann’s goal in his new post is making sure residents, business owners and visitors are safe because he is charged with leading the police department.
“That is my No. 1 priority,” Zinkhann said.
Zinkhann, who regularly attends council meetings as a citizen, has four daughters and eight grandchildren.
Council President Kim Armstrong said Zinkhann will do an excellent job as mayor because of his dedication to Evans City and an ambition to get things done.
“I think he will work well with the community and its people and with the borough council,” she said.
And she said Foster will be missed because he was mayor since 1996.
“He was very popular with the people,” Armstrong said. “He cares greatly about Evans City, and was a positive influence.”
Council member Linda Bicehouse agreed that Foster focused on serving the people.
“He never hesitated to help anybody in town who needed him,” she said.
Foster said he will miss the citizens of the town where he was born 72 years ago, and the councils he served since the mid-1990s. He pointed to rendering help to citizens when the town flooded in 2004 as one of his proudest achievements as mayor.
“I enjoyed helping the people whenever I could,” Foster said.