Barre Town Board appoints Rick Root to fill justice vacancy
Richard DeCarlo resigned from post after moving to Carlton
BARRE – The Town Board has appointed Rick Root to fill a vacant town justice position.
Root was appointed to a one-year term during a meeting last week. He will begin serving as judge on Jan. 1 in a term that lasts until Dec. 31, 2019. The position will be on the ballot next November.
The board interviewed three applicants for judge. The position was vacated with the resignation of Richard DeCarlo Jr. He resigned on Oct. 1 after moving to Carlton in Orleans County.
That resignation came too late in the election schedule to have the position on the Nov. 6 ballot.
DeCarlo, a Republican, was first elected in November 2013. He won a close election, 213-207, over Root, who ran as a Democrat. Sean Pogue, the current Barre Town Supervisor, also ran for justice in that election and received 122 votes on the Conservative line.
Pogue said Root is now retired after a career in the railroad industry. Root’s late father, Pierson, also was a Bare town justice.
Root resigned as an alternate on the Zoning Board of Appeals to take the position as town justice.