Harrietstown town officials voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Ken McLaughlin as town justice.
He replaces Justice Thomas Glover, who retires at the end of the month.
McLaughlin's appointment will last until Jan. 1 and he intends to run for a full four-year term when the ballots open in November. McLaughlin has a background in law enforcement and also serves as a village justice.
"We need to fill it or Judge [Howard] Riley would go out of mind," Supervisor Larry Miller said, referring to the other town justice's full plate.
Former village Justice Mike Kilroy was also considered for the position, but since he was not committed to staying on for a full four-year term, the board turned to McLaughlin.