Some people are just cut out to be mayor. Patty Lawler is one of those people.
Lawler was a member of Clarks Summit council for two years. She then was elected mayor and served for three years before resigning because she moved to Clarks Green.
As mayor of Clarks Summit, she oversaw the police department. She was instrumental in the development of Depot Street including the pocket park and the pocket library. She was involved in the first Earth Day celebration in the borough and held the mayor’s brunch.
“I have good memories of Clarks Summit,” said Lawler. “I had a lot of help from the residents who live in the borough.”
Lawler recently became the mayor of Clarks Green after the death of Mayor William “Bill” Thorburn. Thorburn served as mayor for 20 years and before that served on Clarks Green Council.
“Bill was a friend of mine,” said Lawler. “I saw him a week before his passing. He was warm and caring. He wanted the best for Clarks Green and its residents.”
“Bill and I were friends for 65 years,” said Alan Hughes, Clarks Green councilman and chairman of the finance committee. “We grew up about a block apart in Scranton. We did things that all 9- and 10-year-olds did, like play ball and hide and seek. He was a great friend for a long time and I got to serve on council with him. That was a real pleasure. Everyone knew him as Mayor Bill.”
Mayor Thourbun helped with planning Clarks Green’s centennial celebration as well as the installation of the clock tower. He also helped with the memorial pavers that people bought to remember loved ones. The pavers are located in the pocket park.
“Art was the first order for Bill,” said Hughes. “He made the pocket library across from the Clarks Green borough building. He hand-designed and then made it by himself. There was a bell in the Masonic Lodge near the borough building. That used to be a Baptist church. He asked the Masonic Lodge if the borough could have the bell. This was during Clarks Green centennial in 2014. Clarks Green DPW workers relocated the bell to the borough garage and he restored it. The bell is now in front of the borough building.”
“I got to know him better while being on council with him,” said Keith Williams Clarks Green Council. “Mayor Bill was a true advocate for the Clarks Green Borough and for those who lived there. Patty Lawler is the one person who seems most fitting to be the new mayor. I think she will do a wonderful job.”
“One of the first things I did as Mayor of Clarks Green was visit Our Lady of Peace School,” said Lawler. “I met with the students, teachers and principal Colleen Jumper. I want to make sure the children are safe at the school.”
In the coming days, Lawler will introduce herself to the merchants and businesses in Clarks Green. She is planning to hold an Easter egg hunt and other activities throughout the year.
“I have Mayor Thorburn’s keys to the borough building,” said Lawler. “When I hold them or look at them, I will remember him. I have big shoes to fill. I intend to be a people person. My office at the borough building will be open for anyone who wants to stop by to visit and talk with me.”