Duquesne City Controller Jade Burleigh has resigned, citing health reasons.
At the Oct. 23 meeting, city council took steps to have Duquesne's current auditor and accountant, CIM Financial and Ken Herrmann, act in the controller's role temporarily.
Mayor Nickole Nesby said the decision to do so was based on the fact that no one with the proper qualifications was available within the 30-day period after Burleigh's resignation.
City Solicitor Myron Sainovich said Duquesne officials are still seeking a qualified person with an accounting degree and financial background to fill the controller position.
In other business:
Council voted to terminate city employees LaTara Jones, Troy Titus and Catherine Scharding. None of the individuals were able to be reached for comment.
Beginning in the new year, council will include an expense report in their bi-monthly reports. Nesby said the change is to make the public more aware of where the city’s money is being spent.
City Engineer David Gilliland reported that specifications are complete for an Allegheny County community infrastructure and tourism grant to replace several waterlines in the city and he is waiting for approval from the county.
Bid specifications have also been completed regarding street reconstruction projects along North Second Street and South Fifth Street and fire hydrants on West Grant, South Fifth and Friendship and Kennedy.
Additionally, Gilliland reported that a state Department of Environmental Protection small community water system grant has been awarded to the city in the amount of $100,000 which will be utilized to replace the waterline on Edith Street.
During the meeting, council authorized a motion allowing the Duquesne Police Department to conduct another round of civil service testing, which has been slated for Dec. 11.
Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer who covers news from Duquesne and White Oak, along with other topics, for Tube City Almanac. She may be reached at email@example.com.
Originally published November 21, 2018.