by Carol Thompson
Oswego County Treasurer John Kruk has announced he will step down from his position effective Feb. 28.
He announced his intention to retire during Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego County Legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee.
Now, the legislature will determine if the vacancy will be filled by a governor appointment or if they will appoint.
Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley and Legislator James Karasek have both expressed interest in the position.
New York State County Law, Section 400, states a vacancy is to be filled by the governor.
Kruk’s term was to expire at the end of this year and will be on the ballot in the November election. The position of treasurer is elected every four years.
Kruk served as the executive assistant to the mayor of the City of Fulton until his election as the county treasurer in 2001. He narrowly defeated James Bryant for the position in a Republican primary race.
Kruk also served as the Oswego County Republican Committee treasurer and currently serves as the acting treasurer. He told the committee that he was exhausted and wanted to spend more time with his family in announcing his decision.
“This will be my last Finance and Personnel Committee meeting,” he said.
Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler said he will be in contact with the governor’s office to determine how the vacancy is to be filled. Should it be a governor’s appointment, the Democrat caucus will likely select Kruk’s successor as the governor is a Democrat and traditionally vacancies are filled with a person of the same party affiliation as the governor.
Kunzwiler gave no indication of who that person would be should he make the recommendation to the governor.