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The Lancaster Village Board tonight plans to appoint Dawn Robinson, an accountant and active volunteer in the community, to a vacant seat on the board, Mayor Paul M. Maute told The News this afternoon.

Robinson, who has never sought elected office, would fill the trustee position left vacant in September when the board appointed Maute to replace longtime Mayor William G. Cansdale Jr. Cansdale resigned to take the job of public works superintendent.

She would become the first woman to serve on the Village Board since Trustee Mary Marino resigned in May 2005.

“I’m excited for the challenge,” Robinson, 42, an accountant with Schlabach Enterprises in Clarence, said in an interview.

Robinson was one of about 10 candidates for the vacant trustee’s position interviewed by village officials, Maute said.

Robinson has volunteered for years at St. Mary’s Church and its elementary school, and she said a friend from the church urged her to apply for the opening on the Village Board.

The mother of four also volunteers with her children’s Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops and serves on the board of the Western New York International Dyslexia Association. “I’m a firm believer in active citizenship,” Robinson said.

Her husband, James, is a former Lancaster fire chief and is a detective lieutenant with the Lancaster Police Department.

Robinson is a member of the Citizens Party, as are Maute and the rest of the trustees.

Maute said village officials took their time in searching for the best appointee and he said Robinson brings needed gender and geographic diversity to the board. Maute and the other trustees live in the southern part of the village, while Robinson lives in the north end.

“We took it seriously,” Maute said. “We didn’t want to rush into it. It’s a very important position.”

The Village Board will vote on Robinson’s appointment at a meeting beginning at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.

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