Pierson Town Council Member Tom Larrivee died April 3. The death of the longtime town leader, who was 85, leaves a seat vacant on the five-member Town Council.
Larrivee served on the Pierson Town Council on and off from the 1980s to his death. He was elected without contest to a four-year term in 2018.
Pierson Town Council members have not yet decided whether they will leave his seat, which is already up for election this year, vacant until a new Town Council member is elected, or appoint someone to complete his term.
Three of the five seats on the Town Council are up for election this year: Larrivee’s seat, the seat occupied by Vice Mayor Robert F. Greenlund, and the seat currently occupied by D. Gray Leonhard, who was appointed last year to fill the term of former Town Council Member Herbert Bennett, after Bennett’s death.
Larrivee is the fourth member of the Pierson Town Council to die in as many years. Bennett died in 2020 at the age of 80, former Town Council Member James T. Peterson died last year at the age of 87, and former mayor James Sowell died in 2019 at the age of 82.
The Pierson Town Council is expected to decide whether to make an appointment to Larrivee’s seat at its next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10.
All meetings of the Pierson Town Council, until the town’s new town center is completed, are held at Pierson Town Hall, 106 N. Center St.