DUNKIRK A candidate for unsettled post
Some in southern Chautauqua County will say Vince DeJoy is far from the perfect candidate to oversee the city of Dunkirk’s development office. Even DeJoy’s most recent position in a similar position, which he held in Warren, Pa., offers questions. After less than a year, he was no longer working there.
So yes, there are questions about whether he is a good fit for the open city position. However, after losing two development directors in less than a year Dunkirk cannot be picky.
Tonight, Common Council will entertain a resolution on hiring DeJoy for the $65,000 per year position. To be honest, they have backed themselves into a corner.
Before DeJoy, there were two very capable people overseeing the department. Rebecca Wurster left in December to go to a similar position with Chautauqua County. Only 10 months later, Jill Meaux announced her resignation. Some of that, she said in emails, was due to hostile work environment that was promoted by two council members.
That being said, due to the tumult between this council and Mayor Wilfred Rosas, candidates are not lining up for the position. Dunkirk, however, needs someone in this role as looks to win state funding — as much as $10 million — to continue to build on waterfront and downtown projects.
With his connections to Empire State Development that makes DeJoy a legitimate candidate. It is, however, up to this erratic council to give him their blessing.