UNIONTOWN (AP) – Officials in western Pennsylvania are trying to figure out how a man who’s been dead for more than two years wound up being reappointed to a county industrial authority board.

Fayette County officials said Wednesday it seemed they never even tried checking in with Larry Markwood before reappointing him and weren’t aware he died in August 2012.

County commissioners say they’ve conducted interviews with board and authority candidates and received letters from members who want to be reappointed or leave the board, but Markwood slipped through the cracks.

The industrial authority itself hadn’t met since 2010, so attendance records would have been of no use, either.

Commissioner chairman Vincent Zapotosky tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review they’ll be smarter about the reappointment process in the future.

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