Thursday, May 23, 2013

Easton Councilman Resigning, City to Appoint Temporary Replacement

By Christina Georgiou

Easton City Councilman
Mike Fleck announced
Wednesday evening
that he will be stepping
down in July due to his
moving to Allentown.

Easton City Councilman Mike Fleck announced Wednesday evening that he will be moving to Allentown on July 1, necessitating his resignation.

Fleck said he will be stepping down at the council's first meeting in July.

According to city ordinances, council members must live within city limits. If they move, they must resign within 30 days of doing so.

Fleck previously announced in January that he would not be seeking reelection. He said then he would be moving to the city in Lehigh County to concentrate on his political consulting business.

Easton will appoint an interim replacement to serve until the end of the year, when whoever the voters elect is sworn in, said Mayor Sal Panto.

Fleck's replacement must live in Easton's West Ward, the mayor noted, in accordance with the city's Home Rule charter, which provides for two at-large council positions, and one from each of the city's four neighborhoods.

Two people, Democrat Jim Edinger, who currently serves as the city's zoning hearing board chair, and Kim Yedlosky, a tea party Republican, are vying for the council seat in November's election.

Panto said that while its not prohibited, in accordance with long-standing tradition, neither candidate is likely be chosen for the interim position.

The city will formally announce that it's seeking applicants shortly, and interested qualified residents will be required to submit a letter of interest, probably by the middle of June. The city council will then consider who to appoint, Panto said.

He indicated the interim council member will probably be sworn in before the end of July.

If the city does not appoint a replacement within 30 days of the seat becoming vacant, Northampton County can do so instead.

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