Jeannette officials were taken by surprise this week when city Treasurer Sam Casino submitted his resignation from office.
Mr. Casino, who ran unopposed for the Democratic nod in the May primary, informed city clerk Michael Minyon of his resignation at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday, according to Councilman Mark Levander.
Mr. Levander said he was informed of Mr. Casino's resignation in an email that was sent by Mr. Minyon to Mayor Bob Carter and council.
Mr. Casino did not immediately return calls for comment.
Although Mr. Casino's resignation is not effective until July 8, Mr. Levander said that he will not be returning to work. Instead, Mr. Casino will use his remaining sick, personal and vacation days, Mr. Levander said.
"We will now need to get with our solicitor" to see about making an appointment to the position, the councilman said.
Mr. Carter said Mr. Casino hasn't been in the treasurer's office since taking a three-week vacation that began the weekend before the primary election.
Solicitor Scott Avolio said that under the Third Class City Code, council has 30 days to appoint someone to serve the unexpired term.
Mr. Avolio said he's unsure whether council will want to hold a special meeting to discuss the matter or wait until its agenda meeting on July 8. Council's next regular meeting will be July 10.
The city treasurer's job is a full-time position.
While Mr. Casino had no opposition in the primary, he would have faced off against Republican nominee Michael Nestico in the November general election. Mr. Casino, who had previously served on city council, became city treasurer in 2002. He was seeking his fourth term in the office.
In addition to trying to find a new treasurer, council continues to work to keep the financially strapped city from being declared financially distressed under Act 47, under the Pennsylvania Municipal Recovery Act, which means that the state would take control of city affairs.
Linda Metz, freelance writer: email@example.com.