Aspinwall's new mayor Ted Sheerer can't accept position
Aspinwall will have a new mayor in 2018, but it won't be Ted Sheerer even though he won the election in November.
Sheerer was supposed to replace the retiring Joe Giuffre after running unopposed in the primary and general elections.
Just five days short of taking office, longtime resident Sheerer said his employer at a new job prohibits him from serving in a public office.
Sheerer works in the banking industry and accepted a job early in December with an employer he declined to name.
Unaware of the policy, he filed an appeal with the employer's ethics office but was denied.
Sheerer declined to comment further, other than to say he is disappointed not to be able to work with council. He promised to remain an active and engaged resident.
Borough solicitor Steve Korbel said council will need to appoint a mayor, likely in January or February. Council will need to discuss whether it will accept applications or be responsible for choosing a successor.
“The appointment will happen within 30 days of the office being declared vacant,” Korbel said.
Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 2 for its reorganization meeting and at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 for a regular session.
A longtime council member in the 1990s, Sheerer reemerged this year with the issue of Eastern Avenue reconstruction. The Mosites Co., developers of a proposed commercial project called Riverfront 47 that stretches along the Allegheny River from Aspinwall to Sharpsburg, asked for the reconstruction of Eastern at Freeport Road to create a better entrance to the site. The proposal was taken off the table because of complaints by residents.
Sheerer joined a contingent of 10 former borough elected officials who petitioned council to conduct a community survey to assess public opinion on the project.