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Hearing set on town charter

February 15, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Town Council will hold a town hearing March 13 to discuss whether to clarify a portion of the town's charter.

The changes would more clearly explain the terms under which the council can dismiss a town clerk, town attorney Edward Kuczynski said.

Kuczynski recommended that the council add the words "just cause" to the charter, "so that the new person who comes in knows that they just can't be fired."

The charter already requires a five-person council vote before the clerk can be dismissed, Kuczynski said. The clerk, according to the charter, works at the pleasure of the council, Kuczynski said.

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Williamsport has been without a clerk since the town council dismissed Bonnie J. Errico from the job in August.

Town officials would not comment on her dismissal.

Errico was hired after her predecessor, Steven Smith, was let go in July 2002 after serving for about a month, according to published reports.

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