Northville mayor to leave position

NORTHVILLE – Village Mayor James Groff will step down as mayor to take his new job as Northampton supervisor at the beginning of the year.

Groff, who defeated incumbent Linda Kemper in Tuesday’s election for Northampton town supervisor, said he will step down from the village mayor’s position on Dec. 31.

The Republican-Conservative candidate received 468 votes, while independent Kemper received 351 votes, according to the Fulton County Board of Elections.

Groff said Deputy Mayor and Trustee Debra Ellsworth will take over until a new mayor is elected.

Groff said an election for a new mayor will take place in March.

According to Northville Village Attorney Carmel Greco, a person may not hold the positions of mayor of a village and supervisor of a town simultaneously.

Groff, who lives at 163 W. Prospect St., has served as village mayor since 1994 and has been on the village board since 1977.

Over the years, he also has served as a volunteer firefighter and as an officer with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department.

On Wednesday, he said he was looking forward to getting to work as Northampton supervisor.

Ellsworth was unavailable for comment for this story.

Arthur Cleveland covers rural Fulton County. He can be reached at