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Two Duquesne Council Members Resign

By Cami DiBattista
The Tube City Almanac
July 25, 2018
Posted in: Duquesne News

Two members of Duquesne city council have resigned.

Council members John Gyure and June Wilson submitted their resignations, effective with this month's meeting. Wilson said her resignation was for health and family reasons. Gyure did not respond to a request for comment about his resignation.

Council voted 3-0 to appoint Elaine Washington to one of the vacant seats. Washington is expected to be sworn into office at the next council meeting.

Duquesne Mayor Nickole Nesby said council will accept applications to fill the other vacancy.

“We are currently looking for replacements,” Nesby said. “There have been a number of residents who have expressed interest.”

Vacancies also need to be filled on the zoning board, she said.

In other business, council named Brian Knight as acting code enforcement officer and director of public works. The position became vacant after council voted to terminate Allan Chiesi last month.

Council promoted Duquesne police Officer Emery Stofferahn to sergeant. The request was made by police Chief Thomas Dunlevy, who said Sgt. Nick Manday left the department to take a full-time position in the Allegheny County District Attorney's office in June.

“Officer Stofferahn has been working as his replacement as the shift supervisor,” Dunlevy said. “I am happy to see him promoted to the position of sergeant, as he is certainly qualified for it.”

Dunlevy said all of the new hires from last month are currently in training and will soon be on the schedule.

In the future, Councilwoman Fawn McDaniel said, council wants to meet potential police officers before they're offered jobs. Council voted 3-0 to require new officers to meet with the body before being hired.

“I feel this will be good for the residents as well as for us as city council members," McDaniel said.  “Relationships are being established. They should know us and we should know them. I think we all need to come together and be on the same page."

Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer. You can reach her at cad316@gmail.com.

Originally published July 25, 2018.

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