New Solicitor Appointed in Duquesne

By Cami DiBattista | Posted in: Duquesne News

Duquesne City Council has appointed John Rushford as the municipality's new solicitor.

A senior attorney at Cafardi, Ferguson, Wyrick, Weis & Stotler, Rushford has more than 20 years' experience representing municipal governments.

The appointment was made at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Mayor Nickole Nesby said she was happy council made the appointment. “John has represented public and private entities in all areas related to governmental affairs including contract negotiations, grievance arbitration, personnel matters, constructions issues, tax assessment appeals, zoning (and) planning and development issues,” she said.

Rushford earned his B.A. from the Boston College and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


Council also voted unanimously to:

  • Appoint Falco A. Muscante of Maiello, Brungo & Maiello as delinquent tax collector for the city of Duquesne.
  • Adopt the update of Duquesne’s Third Class City Civil Service Code for the city.
  • Approve the payment of $540 to Raymond Taylor for work performed by Vegely Welding Inc. Jan. 12 at 105 South Seventh St.
  • Pay off the city’s Century Heritage credit card carrying a balance of $4,513.53 and interest rate of 13.5 percent.

In other business:

City Manager Cha Sayles reported a check was processed in the amount of $52,200 to the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County. With the payment, the city has a current balance of $50,691.98.

Additional payments include checks in the amount of $9,254 and $9,822.05 to Miockenhaupt Benefits Group. The payments were for consulting, actuarial administrative services related to the city’s Police Pension Fund Association, Firemen’s Pension Fund, New Uniformed Employees’ Pension Plan and the Retirement Fund for city Officers and Employees.

City officials attended the Spring Educational Conference of the Allegheny League of Municipalities from April 5 to 8 at a cost of $1,926.57.


Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer who covers news from Duquesne and White Oak for Tube City Almanac.

Originally published April 16, 2018.

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