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Duquesne City Manager Frank Piccolino announced his resignation at last week’s city council meeting.
“Thirteen and a half years ago, the city of Duquesne took a chance on a young man to guide operations for the next few years and I thoroughly embraced the opportunity,” Piccolino said. “After many years of growth and accomplishments, my time as city manager has come to an end.”
Piccolino thanked his family, staff, past and present council members, city employees, Mayor Philip Krivacek and others for their care and support over the years.
“The employees of the city of Duquesne are top of the line and I appreciate their efforts,” said Piccolino, who has taken a new job as municipal manager in Robinson Twp.
Piccolino said in the nearly 14 years he has lived in the city, Duquesne has become his home.
“I’ve always promoted the city to whoever would listen,” he said. “We’ve had success and failures but we’ve never stopped. It has been an honor to live and work here and I will never forget all that this city has done for me. God bless you all and God bless the city of Duquesne.”
Piccolino said he is proud to have had the city and its residents embrace him as one of their own.
“I met my wife while working here and decided to buy a house and raise our three beautiful children here. I have enjoyed my work, my colleagues and have made lasting friendships,” he said.
Krivacek said Frank Piccolino made his job a lot easier and will be greatly missed.
“We were a team and always had each other’s backs,” Krivacek said. “I wish him the best in his new position. I want to thank Frank for his time here and his dedication to the City of Duquesne.”
The state has appointed a temporary replacement who is knowledgeable in business and city management to act as city manager until the next administration takes over and can hire a replacement, said Krivacek, who will retire at the end of this term himself.
“It’s been a pure pleasure to work with Frank,” City Solicitor Patricia McGrail said. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with many city managers and he certain ranks among the very, very best. He will be missed.”
Piccolino said an opportunity came about that personally and professionally he could not pass up.
“I have to make the motion to accept his resignation reluctantly,” said Council Member Timothy Petrisko, who has served as Piccolino’s director. “He’s done quite a good job.”
A motion was also passed to compensate Piccolino for sick leave time accrued.
“I have to thank Frank so much and wish him good luck,” City Controller Beth Kracinosky said. “Anything that needed done, Frank was always the first one to do it. It’s very easy to be one of the main people who throws 10,000 things in his direction and everybody’s is the most important and then you have only one person handling all those requests, I think he did a pretty darn good job.”
City Engineer David Gilliland said Piccolino excelled at his job and will be greatly missed.
“Frank is intelligent and understanding and makes good decisions,” he said. "It’s nice to work with someone like that.”
Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer who covers Duquesne, White Oak and other topics for Tube City Almanac.
Originally published November 15, 2017.