City treasurer hires former Erie Mayor Rick Filippi over conflict

Local News

City of Erie Treasurer Susan DiVecchio has hired a lawyer who is very familiar with the mayor’s office to represent her in a case against Mayor Joe Sinnott concerning an ongoing clash over who’s responsible for hiring a teller in the treasurer’s office.

DiVecchio hired former Erie Mayor Rick Filippi, who served one term from 2002 to 2005, to represent her over a dispute.

Both DiVecchio and Sinnott say it’s their responsibility to hire a new entry-level teller position.

“I think it’s pretty clear. The treasurer is an elected official. She has the authority to hire her own employees under city ordinance,” Filippi said. “I mean, it’s black and white. It couldn’t be clearer in this case under the Third Class City Code.”

Filippi said he plans to file a lawsuit next week.

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