Worthington councilman resigns after leaving area in October
Worthington Council is expected to approve the resignation of Councilman Barry Rosen during a meeting on Monday.
Rosen, who has not lived in the borough since October, is still on the council roster and has continued to receive the $25 monthly allotment paid to council members, said council President Donald Long.
Once council members approve Rosen's resignation, they have 30 days to appoint someone to fill the remaining two years of his term.
Mayor Kevin Feeney received the resignation letter from Rosen on Wednesday.
The fact that Rosen continued to receive the stipend after moving away is not a violation of the borough code because he still has a residence in town, Feeney said. He added that Rosen is living and working in Ohio but maintains his borough home at 322 Ross St.
At least one resident is not happy that Rosen has continued to be paid by council during his five-month absence from the borough.
“He ought to pay all that money back,” said Kim Judge. “It's wasteful spending of our money.”
He said that Rosen assisted the borough by putting in extra hours to meet with attorneys after the dismissal of former police Chief William DeForte in October 2012.
“If anything, we owe him more money for all the assistance he's given the borough,” Feeney said.
Rosen could not be reached for comment.
Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or email@example.com.
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