John Doherty Staff writer

The Post-Standard

James Rowley was sworn in to office Monday as Clay's new supervisor, replacing Mark Rupprecht, who resigned Sunday after nearly three years in office.

Rowley named Councilor Damian Ulatowski as his deputy supervisor. Shortly after being sworn in, Rowley pledged to maintain close scrutiny on the town's land use policies and finances.

"The financial integrity of the town of Clay will never be compromised and I'm confident of that," Rowley said.

Rowley, 45, of 4255 Mayfair Circle, a Republican, has been on the seven-member town board since 1995.

Rowley served as Rupprecht's deputy supervisor since March 2003, when Rupprecht was named supervisor after the death of former Supervisor Patrick DiDomenico.

Rupprecht announced his resignation earlier this month, citing the increasing workload of his full-time job selling real estate and the demands of his growing family.

Rowley will complete the remainder of Rupprecht's two-year term and will face election in November 2007.

Prior to his supervisor appointment, Rowley had to resign from his councilor post.

The town board will interview candidates and select a successor to that seat later.

Rowley is the chief financial officer of Suit-Kote Corp., a manufacturer of roadway infrastructure materials.