West Kittanning council changes leadership
West Kittanning Council's leadership underwent an unexpected change on Tuesday.
Councilman Henry Mores, who had been hospitalized in early January, called for another council reorganization during the meeting.
In the process, Cliff Neal was removed as council president.
“I was cheated out of not having a vote (during the first reorganization meeting),” Mores said.
Council named Bob Venesky as its president, after a 3-3 vote, with Mayor James Sobiski casting the deciding vote.
Councilwoman Paula Henry was absent.
“The people spoke during the last election, which is why I voted to make him president,” Sobiski said.
Venesky, who council elected as vice president in January, was the top vote-getter in the November election, with 237 votes.
Neal voted for himself to keep his position as president, along with council members Nancy Capone and Ken Trudgen.
Voting for Venesky were himself, Mores and Ed Morris.
Council voted in Mores as vice president, 5-0, with Capone abstaining.
Solicitor Andrew Sacco said council can change its president and vice president at any time.
“These positions serve at the pleasure of council, so, at any time, they can reorganize,” Sacco said.
During the Jan. 7 reorganization meeting, Neal defeated Venesky for the president's seat, 3-2.
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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