DANSVILLE — Former Dansville deputy mayor Richard LeBar returned to the Village board last week for its monthly committee meeting after an unexpected resignation from former trustee Robin Humphrey.

Humphrey did not state a reason for his departure in his resignation letter, and wished not to state a reason publicly to The Express. Humphrey’s resignation was received by the village clerk on June 19 and accepted by Mayor Peter Vogt on June 22.

“Robin was a good trustee, I wish him well in his future endeavors,” Mayor Peter Vogt told The Express.

To fill the vacancy, the mayor subsequently called former trustee Richard LeBar.

“He continued to show interest in what was going on in the community, he did an excellent job while he was on before, and he just seemed like the logical choice to make,” Vogt said.

LeBar, a lifelong resident of Dansville, was first voted into office in 2013 and was appointed deputy mayor two years later. He lost a second term in 2017.

LeBar said the opportunity to serve again took him by surprise, but the desire to serve his community is in his blood.

“I look at it as an opportunity to put myself out there, hopefully make a difference. That was always my goal and my purpose — do the best job possible and improve on the community. That’s what’s important.”

LeBar said he has had a good rapport with the board members, some of whom he has known for a long time, and “they seem to be functioning well together, accomplishing a lot. So if there’s a place I want to be, that’s it.”

He said he is looking forward to positioning Dansville for the future and being part of the team which includes not only the board, but also the department heads, the employees and the community.

Prior to being on the village board, Lebar had served on the North Dansville Town Board from 2008-09, finishing the term held by Bill Dixon when he was voted in as mayor. Lebar has also been involved in the community in a variety of other ways including being a member of Union Hose, Dansville Lions Club and Daniel Goho Post of the American Legion.

In addition, he is currently a real estate agent at Howard Hanna Real Estate Services in Dansville. He has been a real estate agent for 12 years, and prior to that, worked at Eastman Kodak. 

Since being back on the board, LeBar attended his first committee meeting on July 11, and his first regular board meeting on July 17. His responsibilities include being the board liaison for the village’s streets and parks committee.