Davis resigns as fiscal officer of Wellsville

WELLSVILLE – Wellsville Mayor Susan Haugh, in a phone call to The Review on Monday afternoon, stated that fiscal officer Dale Davis resigned his post following a special council meeting Saturday evening.

The bulk of the meeting, which had been called for the discussion of personnel and disciplinary action, took place in numerous closed-door executive sessions, with no business otherwise conducted.

The Review attempted to contact Davis via phone and email on Monday, but received no reply.

Village officials, including Haugh, members of council and village solicitor Andy Beech, have declined to comment on precisely what council was seeking to discipline Davis for. Haugh did confirm a previous statement by Beech that the unspecified infraction was not of a criminal nature.

Questions concerning Davis’ future were raised following a special council meeting called for personnel issues on Jan. 3., most of which also consisted of executive session. Davis stated at the time that he had been surprised by the disciplinary measures being considered, but has yet to detail what accusation against him they would have addressed.

With Davis’ resignation, Haugh says the matter is “done and over with.”

Haugh stated that council will begin discussions on how best to fill the vacancy left by Davis’ departure. “It will be up to us to figure out what we’re going to do with the position,” she said.

For the present time, assistant fiscal officer Cassie Bloor will take up the bulk of Davis’ duties, possibly including the role of clerk during council meetings.

Bloor, who did not attend the meeting, was asked Monday afternoon about Davis’ departure and of her taking up his responsibilities, but did not wish to comment on the situation.

As of last week, Davis stated that his position as fiscal officer of Washingtonville, which he has held concurrently with his job in Wellsville, has not been affected by the disciplinary measures being considered against him by Wellsville council.

Davis served as fiscal officer for Wellsville for seven years.

Haugh said that the village is presently accepting resumes for the position of village fiscal officer. The opening will be formally announced at the next regular council meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. this evening in council chambers at the village hall.