by Carol Thompson
How to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Oswego County Treasurer John Kruk may have to be settled by the court as the Republicans and Democrats are in disagreement.
Kruk resigned Feb. 27 and the position has been vacant since that time. The Republicans maintain that the position is to be filled by the Oswego County Legislature based on a local law.
Michael C. Backus, who serves as the county Republican chairman, believes this stance is correct.
“I have been advised that the Oswego County legislature has the ability to appoint,” Backus said Friday in a written response. “As chairman of the Oswego County Republican Committee I have called a meeting of the OCRC for (tomorrow) where I expect our over 200 members to vote to recommend one candidate to the legislature for appointment.
“In May, we’ll go through our formal endorsement process and vote for a candidate to run in the fall,” he added. “At the end of the day, regardless of any appointment, the people of Oswego County will elect their next treasurer in November.”
Oswego County Democrat Chairman Mike Kunzwiler disagrees.
“I believe this is an appointment to be made by the governor,” he said. “There is a court case to back this up. The Republicans are saying the legislature can appoint because of a local law, but I have been advised by legal counsel that local law cannot supersede state law.”
Kunzwiler said he has been in contact with the governor’s office and has submitted the resume of the county’s chief accountant Mark See.