Zboyovsky resigns from council
MONESSEN -- In a surprise move, a Monessen councilman resigned from his post Wednesday night.
George Zboyovsky announced he will be resigning Nov. 3 as councilman, and has accepted a new job in the state of Indiana.
"I do so with a heavy heart," Zboyovsky said. "Serving as a Monessen City councilman is an experience I will always cherish."
Zboyovsky, Streets Department chairman, presented a two-page resignation letter to Mayor John T. DeLuca and made his announcement toward the end of the council meeting. He has been a councilman for the past seven years and his seat is up for election during next year's municipal elections.
Zboyovsky said his resignation came also as a surprise to himself, as he was recently offered a job he couldn't turn down. He said a "head hunter" for a large engineering firm in Indiana invited him to spend a recent weekend there and offered him a senior management position for the firm's site development and municipal engineering department. He also recently passed his professional engineer exam.
Zboyosky said he has turned down prior career advancement opportunities because of his commitment as a councilman and de-sire to follow through with plans.
"However, this year I saw a lot of those plans and ideas shattered by differences of opinion and majority vote by this council," Zboyovsky said.
Zboyovsky and DeLuca have had the minority vote on many controversial issues since Jan. 1, when new council members Mary Jo Smith and Dale Simpson took office. Most recently, Zboyovsky and DeLuca were irate over the abrupt firing of city administrator Frank Francia by Smith, Simpson and Councilman Anthony Petaccia and how they pulled the plug on a plan to sell the former Epiphany of Our Lord Church school to Douglas Education Center. In years past, Zboyovsky and DeLuca had the majority vote.
Despite conflicts and disagreements, Zboyovsky said he has "always tried to do what was best for the city.
"I can honestly say that every decision that I made and every policy that I initiated was made with conviction and not how future 'votes' would be affected," he said.
He thanked city residents and employees for their "trust and kindness."
On a lighter note Zboyovsky said he will miss the debates, but he won't miss the politics.
"And if you guys don't behave, there will be a letter to the editor from me," he said with a laugh.
Zboyovsky also poked fun at the mispronunciation of his name over the years.
"How do you pronounce it, George?" DeLuca asked, prompting laugher from council. "I've been saying his name wrong for seven years."
DeLuca said he "would be missed," and thanked Zboyovsky for his years of service.
Petaccia and Smith accepted his resignation with regret.
"I know we didn't always agree, but you always had good ideas, cared for the community and tried to do your best," Petaccia said.
Council now has 30 days to appoint someone to replace Zboyovsky and it will discuss applicants at its Nov. 1 work session.
Interested residents can contact the city office at (724) 684-9712. The person appointed will fill out Zboyovsky's post until Dec. 31, 2005.