Cornman resigns from Sewickley Council

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | 4:30 PM

Sewickley Councilman William Cornman resigned Tuesday because he will be moving out of the borough, he said.

“I purchased a home, I closed on a new home July 31,” Cornman said. “I’m really sad about doing this, but my wife and I, we talked about (moving), and we really never took it seriously. Then next thing you know, my wife’s on the internet looking at all these different places, and lo and behold, she found a home that’s beyond perfect.”

Cornman, a Republican, represented Ward 3 on council.

He is the second councilman to resign since June, when Thomas DeFazio, who served as a Ward 2 councilman for more than a decade. On July 10, Cynthia Mullins was tapped to fill DeFazio’s seat.

Council members were surprised at Cornman’s move.

“I never thought I’d hear you say you’re leaving the council,” council President Jeff Neff said to Cornman. “I’m very sorry to see you go Bill, you’re a great member of council, and you’ve contributed a lot over the years,” he added.

“I haven’t moved yet, but the reason why I’m (resigning) now is because I want someone to take my position and be awarded my seat in September so that they can work on the budget in October. It’s only fair, and it’s the right thing to do,” Cornman said

Cornman was first appointed to serve on council in 2004. His current term expires in December 2019.

Ward 3 residents interested in applying to fill Cornman’s vacancy can complete a councilperson application, available on the Sewickley Borough website.

Council members said they plan to fill the empty seat during their Sept. 11 meeting.

Sam Bojarski is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.