Councilor resigns, has eye on city job

City Councilor Thomas Curtin resigned from his council seat last week to better position himself as a candidate for the job of assistant city clerk. Curtin’s position, which represents Ward 4, will remain empty until the city’s general election in the fall. Residents can contact Councilors Joseph Vizard and Thomas Stanley in the meantime with any issues or concerns. Curtin announced his resignation during the council’s meeting Monday night; he needs to wait for at least 30 days after leaving the elected post before the council could nominate him for the job as assistant to City Clerk Rosario Malone. Curtin would need eight votes to win confirmation by the council. The position will become vacant at the end of June, when Kevin Ritcey is to retire from the job, Malone said. However, officials say that Keith Irvine, a 911 dispatcher for the city, also has his eye on the assistant clerk position. The job’s annual salary starts at around $80,000, said Malone, who was unanimously reaffirmed by the council last month to serve for another three years.