Szot being considered for interim city assessor

Ron Szot is being considered for interim assessor for the city of Dunkirk upon current assessor Tom Mleczko’s retirement on July 31.

In a resolution being proposed by First Ward Councilman Don Williams for the Common Council meeting taking place Tuesday, Szot is being looked at to fill the position until the end of the year. On November 3 a special election will be held to fill the remaining time Mleczko was to serve. The position includes a salary of $36,000 with a stipend of $4,000 annum and includes a full benefit package.

Another item of interest at the upcoming meeting is the creation of a paralegal position being sponsored by all four council members. The position was started in September 2017 with a salary of $40,000 and a benefit package; the position was filled in November of that year though doesn’t seem to have been put through council, so the resolution for Monday’s meeting is to show “transparency” and to help track the salary and benefit package offered.

The big question on peoples’ mind is the state of the last meeting and how things are going to be this time around. At the last Common Council meeting held on June 16, Councilman-at-large Paul VanDenVouver asked Mayor Wilfred Rosas leave the meeting after some confrontations on Zoom.

“You can sign off the meeting, I’m done with you today,” VanDenVouver had stated, and soon after Rosas left the screen, then signed off.


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