Kozera steps down from O'Hara Council
O'Hara is seeking residents of the 3rd Ward to fill a vacancy on Council.
Republican Brian Kozera submitted his resignation Monday after serving six years. He cited personal reasons.
Council has 31 days to find a replacement, according to the home rule charter. Guidelines stipulate that the appointee must be a Republican, township Manager Julie Jakubec said.
Interested residents can submit a letter by Nov. 1. Council will hold public interviews at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 after which it may vote on a candidate.
Council could continue discussions during its meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 13, at which point members would need to decide on a replacement, Jakubec said.
The winner will serve until the term expires in 2013. They could then decide to run for a four-year term.
Jakubec expects a fair amount of interest for the vacancy.
“We've done this before, and we got about six or seven people interested,” she said.
Kozera, who served as council vice-president, said he fully enjoyed his tenure in local government.
“I have no regrets for anything I've done,” he said.
Kozera said he is most proud of helping usher in the township's new management staff shortly after taking office. He was part of a faction who voted to oust longtime Manager Doug Arndt and hire Jakubec in 2006.
He also said the creation of George Sacco Park in the Parkview section of the township is satisfying.
That site, themed with firetrucks and red, white and blue play equipment, honors the memory of the township's longest-serving fire marshal, who Kozera said was a mentor to emergency-service personnel throughout the region. Kozera has served with Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Company more than a dozen years.
Kozera said not to count him out of future political discussions. When his schedule is a little more free, he would consider another run, he said.
“I enjoyed working with council and staff,” he said.
“I will miss it.”
Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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