In a shocking turn of events Wednesday night, Lansdale Council President Jack Hansen was ousted from his position in a 5-4 vote Wednesday night. The Democratic councilman was replaced with Jason Van Dame, an Independent.
The swing vote—Council Vice President Steve Malagari, who only in January was the swing vote to get Hansen elected president at the reorganization meeting. At that meeting, Van Dame was nominated for president, but lost.
Dissenting votes Wednesday were Hansen, Councilwoman Liz Troy, Councilman Leon Angelichio and Councilman Rich DiGregorio.
The motion was unexpected and was made by Republican Councilman Tom Work during the "New Business" portion of the meeting Wednesday.
Since January, there has been a push by Hansen, Troy and Angelichio to remove Mark Hosterman and his Blue Bell-based firm Wisler Pearlstine as solicitor, and replace them with borough Democratic Committee contributor and former solicitor Sean Kilkenny, of Jenkintown firm Friedman Schuman. Kilkenny has served in active duty overseas for the Army Judge Advocate General Corps.
Kilkenny was appointed solicitor Wednesday in a 5-4 vote.
Hansen said Wednesday he was both "disappointed and joyful," the latter referencing Kilkenny's appointment as solicitor.