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Sanchez resigns as Delmont mayor

| Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 3:57 p.m.
by Daveen Rae Kurutz
Export Mayor Gill Sanchez — posing with artwork he designed for the borough Christmas banners — has resigned effective Feb. 27. Sanchez is moving to Greene County.

Delmont will have a new mayor next month.

Mayor Gill Sanchez resigned Tuesday, effective Feb. 27. Sanchez, who has been mayor for four years, recently sold his home and is moving to Greene County.

“It was not an easy decision,” Sanchez said. “Unfortunately, the house we fell in love with is not in the borough. This was a house we could not turn down.”

Sanchez, a former council member, was appointed to mayor in 2010 to replace Fran Jennings, who also resigned after moving out of the borough.

His resignation surprised much of council, who said they regretted his decision.

“This comes as a surprise,” council Vice President Andy Shissler said. “We appreciate all you've done here the past four years, working with the police department and bringing up issues from time to time.”

Sanchez said he never expected to enjoy the role as much as he has. He credits his biggest achievement as cultivating a relationship with police Chief TJ Klobucar.

“The last four years have been a real treat,” Sanchez said. “I never thought it was going to become what it became.”

The borough has until March 29 to appoint a new mayor, solicitor Dan Hewitt said. Applicants must be registered to vote and must have lived in Delmont for a year. Those who are interested can send a letter of intent to the borough building at 77 Greensburg St.

Hewitt said he hopes council will appoint a replacement at the March 11 meeting.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or dkurutz@tribweb.com.

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