GOP eyes successor for Gastgeb's Allegheny County Council seat
Republicans on Allegheny County Council expect to seat a replacement for Vince Gastgeb in a little less than a month.
It will be the first time someone other than Gastgeb, R-Bethel Park, has held the District 5 seat since council was created in 2000. Gastgeb resigned this week amid questions over whether the home rule charter barred him from keeping his seat while taking a job with the Allegheny County Airport Authority.
Gastgeb maintained he could, but he resigned anyway.
Councilwoman Jan Rea, who took over as Republican caucus chairwoman for Gastgeb, will nominate someone for the seat. The full council will then vote on the appointment, most likely at its March 5 meeting, said Jared Barker, council's legislative director.
Gastgeb's replacement must come from the same party, Barker said.
Republicans interested in the seat can send a letter to Barker in Room 119 of the Allegheny County Courthouse by Feb. 25.
The appointee must be a registered voter and resident of the district for at least a year. The district includes Bethel Park, Bridgeville, Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair.
The appointee will serve until November, when voters will pick someone to fill the remaining two years of Gastgeb's term, Barker said.
Candidates will be interviewed by Rea, R-McCandless, and at-large Councilwoman Heather Heidelbaugh, R-Mt. Lebanon, Rea said.
“We would be happy to entertain anybody who is interested in taking it and hopefully, running,” Rea said.
The county pays members of the part-time council $9,000 a year.
Gastgeb won his seat in 1999 in the first election under the home rule charter. He took a job as director of corporate and community relations at the Airport Authority, which starts next Friday.
The home rule charter says council members cannot receive a paycheck from a county agency or authority, a provision that was included to maintain the body's independence as a citizen legislature, said Jim Turner, who oversaw the charter's drafting as managing director of the Pennsylvania Economy League.
Mike Wereschagin is a staff writerfor Trib Total Media. He canbe reached at 412-320-7900or email@example.com
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Lowly job likely awaits former Pittsburgh police chief after prison
- Pedestrian struck, killed by train in Coraopolis
- Feds want to seize cash, property from suspects in drug bust
- Millions to travel through Western Pa. during Memorial Day weekend
- Newsmaker: Paul Dubner
- Police seize heroin, cash in North Versailles
- 9 juveniles charged in connection with opening day disturbance at Kennywood
- DOJ program goal: Increased trust between law enforcement, community
- Analyst says Pa. senate race leans toward Toomey — because Democrats ‘loathe’ Sestak
- Super donors give growing share of campaign cash
- Police charge suspect in fatal shooting in Jefferson Hills