MOUNT VERNON — City Treasurer Jim Shipley resigned effective at 4 p.m. Friday and Mayor Richard Mavis acted immediately to temporarily fill the position.
Anton “Bud” Krutsch will fill the position until the Knox County Democratic Party can name a replacement to serve until the term ends Dec. 31, 2013.
The party has to wait five days to act, and can wait a maximum of 45 days, but party Chairman Adam Gilson said the Central Committee would probably meet in a week or so to take action. The 11 members of the committee representing city precincts will be the only members of the committee voting on the appointment, Gilson said.
A few minutes after 4 p.m., Mavis administered the oath of office to Krutsch, who said he hopes he can do as good a job of treasurer as Shipley did.
Krutsch, a native of Sharon, Pa., has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Youngstown State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University. He was an employee of Cooper Energy Services for 26 years, worked for the state of Ohio for “a couple years” and has been a self-employed contract auditor in recent years.
Krutsch said he will be a candidate for the permanent appointment by the party and, if his health is good, he hopes to be a candidate for a full term at the November 2013 election.
Gilson said he would call a meeting of the necessary members to discuss the steps needed to fill the position.
“Central Committee members will seek a qualified individual who will serve the city well. I encourage registered Democrats within Mount Vernon who are interested in the position to contact me or any other elected Central Committee member from Mount Vernon to express their interest and qualifications,” Gilson said. “A complete listing of committee members is available on the party website, www.knoxcountyDems.org.”
Mavis praised Shipley’s service with the city, noting that during his tenure the income tax department became more aggressive in the collection of delinquent city income taxes and delinquencies are now at a minimum. He also cited Shipley’s leadership in upgrading technology in the office, allowing taxpayers to file online or pay bills online.