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The Times-Tribune – News – 09/20/2005 – Throop Manager/treasurer quits after one week

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09/20/2005 Manager/treasurer quits after one week

BY MATTHEW CHARLES KEMENY staff writer

THROOP — Some people take vacations longer than Robert Hegedus’ tenure as Throop borough manager.

After serving only a week in the dual role of borough manager/treasurer, Mr. Hegedus resigned Friday, citing “petty politics” that has “stalled this community for months.”

“The behavior of certain employees and some elected officials is shocking,” Mr. Hegedus wrote in his resignation letter to Borough Council. “I truly believe that two of the persons appointing me would … try to ‘back-door’ me into some sort of political circus.”

Mr. Hegedus, 40, started as borough manager Sept. 9 with a salary of $37,500 after former manager Ken Novak resigned to take another borough manager job in Dickson City, where he had been employed before.

His said his goal as manager was to unify a deeply divided council that has squabbled for years over a variety of issues. However, he decided to give up the post after he said he was accused by council members Daryl Menichetti, George Marushock, Cindy Johnson and Sue Shortz — the board’s majority voting bloc — of “being an infidel for speaking with the minority.”

Ms. Menichetti refuted that accusation.

“Give me a break,” she said. “He was talking to them and spending time with them. I thought he should have been using that time attending to the duties of the office.”

Mr. Hegedus said he will meet with council Tuesday during an executive session to discuss the issue.

Councilman James Barnick said was against hiring Mr. Hegedus because he said the borough manager position was not advertised. He said the resignation is another “black eye” for the borough.

“Nothing’s going to get done,” he said. “This is one of their (the majority voting bloc) own people turning against them.”

Mr. Hegedus lost in a bid for a Throop Borough Council seat in May’s Democratic primary.

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