Jerry Davis returns as vice chairman

Daily News file photoSupervisor Jerry Davis of Covington.

WARSAW — Former chairman Jerry Davis is returning to familiar duties on the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors.

Davis, who stepped down from the position in September, was elected Tuesday as vice chairman. It’s a role with he’s well-acquainted, having previously served in that capacity for five years.

Davis was nominated and elected by the supervisors during the board’s monthly meeting. He was sworn in by county Judge Michael Mohun.

The position is effective through Dec. 31.

Davis spoke briefly, saying his health issues are better. He said he also wants to make sure what happened to him doesn’t happen to Chairman Rebecca Ryan.

He did not elaborate further.

Davis is the town of Covington supervisor. Along with Supervisor Douglas Berwanger of Arcade, he’s one of two longest-serving Board of Supervisors members.

He was elected by the supervisors as chairman this past January, taking over the role Berwanger had held for the previous 20 years.

Davis led the county through much of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic before stepping down in September, citing his family and physicians.

Ryan noted during the meeting that Davis helped the county “get through the very difficult months we’ve had starting in March.”

Berwanger abstained from the latest vote on Davis’ vice chairman position.

In other matters, supervisors approved a contract for the Sheriff’s Office to provide law enforcement services at Letchworth Central School when classes are in session.

The pay will be covered by the district. The agreement is effective through June 21 and is contingent on the availability of funds.

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