Dunbar Resigns as Penn Township Commissioner

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Penn Township Commissioner George Dunbar resigned Wednesday night, eight days after his election to the state House of Representatives.

Dunbar, a member of the township board of commissioners since 2005, goes on the state payroll Dec. 1, although his official swearing in won't take place until Jan. 4. A Republican, he replaces the incumbent Democrat in District 56, James E. Casorio, whom he defeated.

"It's bittersweet," Dunbar said of his departure at last night's township caucus meeting, adding, "I've tried never to grandstand. I've tried to be short and to the point."

The township has 30 days to fill the post. Following the meeting, Dunbar recommended Ed Sullivan, a member of the township's planning and zoning board.

Any new member must come from the township's second ward and must secure the support of at least three of the five commissioners.

Commission Chairman Charles Horvat Jr. indicated a special meeting might be called to consider the vacancy. He said he anticipated just a handful of candidates would apply for the position, possibly as few as three.

The board does not need to advertise the opening, Horvat said. …