We received word this morning that Saranac Lake Village Trustee Jeff Branch has accepted a request from Mayor Clyde Rabideau to serve as deputy mayor.
Earlier this month, Rabideau edged out Branch in the race for mayor. Both candidates have since pledged to work together as new officials prepare to take the oath of office.
In a release issued by Rabideau, the mayor-elect called Branch "an experienced and earnest trustee to whom we will confidently entrust the duties of Deputy Mayor."
Branch said he was honored by Rabideau's request.
"I look forward to working with Clyde and a Village Board undivided by party lines, and unified in our commitment to serve together in the best interest of the Village and Our Community."