North Franklin Township supervisor seeks injunction to uphold chairman’s resignation

Township supervisor seeks injunction to uphold chairman’s resignation

January 16, 2013

A North Franklin Township supervisor was given court approval Wednesday to consult with the state attorney general or Washington County district attorney about the resignation of the local board chairman, which was later rescinded.

Washington County President Judge Debbie O’Dell Seneca issued the order after the defendant, James Huff, presented a motion to dismiss the case filed Tuesday by Silvio Passalacqua. She will reconsider the motion at 3 p.m. Tuesday, court records show.

Passalacqua is seeking a court injunction to oust Huff from office and also void all decisions made by Huff and Supervisor Dennis Dydiw since Huff resigned Dec. 17.

Huff, who has served one year in office, submitted a letter of immediate resignation to township manager William Boucher that day and also turned in his keys to the township building and township-issued cellphone.

Passalacqua claims he was preparing to attend the supervisors’ regular monthly meeting two days later under an agenda that acknowledged Huff’s resignation and included a discussion item on proceeding with filling the vacancy on the board, only to learn that day that Dydiw had canceled the meeting without telling him.

Dydiw then requested that the meeting be rescheduled for Dec. 28 after hearing from Huff that he would postpone his resignation “until after at least the reorganization,” the record shows.

Huff has refused to discuss his resignation at two subsequent board meetings. The attorneys in the case could not be reached for comment late Wednesday afternoon.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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