Duquesne treasurer to retire
Duquesne treasurer and tax collector Rosemary Denne is retiring after 12 years of service.
“To say that I have enjoyed being at city hall would be an understatement,” Denne said at Wednesday's council meeting. “I've truly loved being here. I have taken my duties very seriously and I regret having to give them up.”
Denne cited her declining health and a desire to spend time with family as her reasons for leaving her post.
“At this time, I am the matriarch of 43 people, three of whom are under a year old,” she said. “I hope to be around to help them with a few birthdays. I have low vision, severe hearing loss, and I have a hard time walking due to several back surgeries. So many elderly people fall, and I have a real fear of falling during the wintertime.”
Denne thanked the city's staff for exceptional work, especially in keeping finances in order.
City officials and staff described Denne as a conscientious and dedicated worker, and a kind and loyal person.
“We're all very proud of you and wish you the very best,” Mayor Phil Krivacek said.
Council reluctantly approved Denne's resignation, effective Dec. 1, and appointed city manager Frank Piccolino as interim treasurer until Denne's successor is appointed Dec. 29 to serve throughout 2015.
By law, the city must appoint a new treasurer and tax collector within 30 days of Dec. 1. Duquesne residents may submit applications or letters of intent at city hall through Dec. 12. The appointee will be required to run in the 2015 election to keep the seat in 2016.
Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1956, or email@example.com.