Hicks fails to secure needed bonding for treasurer post
By MICHAEL MOLITORIS

2/4/04

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IT APPEARS THE DECISION ON WHO WILL ASSUME THE JOB IS IN THE HANDS OF OIL CITY COUNCIL.

Oil City Council members probably will have to decide how fill the vacant city treasurer's post.

Wednesday marked the last day Alvin Hicks could try to secure proper bonds for the position he was elected to in November.

The East Fifth Street resident ran a last-minute write-in campaign and secured 194 votes after longtime incumbent Treasurer Lillian Marvin did not seek re-election.

Since December, Barr's Insurance - on behalf of the city - has been unable to secure a bond for Hicks, even after trying more than a dozen bonding companies. Hicks had filed for bankruptcy in the mid-1990s, but he was uncertain if that was the sole reason he was unable to secure the bonds.

By noon Wednesday, Barr's still had not secured the needed bonds for the city treasurer and tax collector posts even after submitting additional information to another bonding company that day, City Manager Tom Rockovich said.

Likewise, Hicks said he had no luck getting the bonds as of Wednesday through independent efforts.

Wednesday's deadline was 30 days from the date Hicks was slated to be sworn into office. The vacancy now appears to be in city council's hands to fill, and it's unclear if the five-member panel will have to appoint or elect someone as they had to do last month with the mayor position and one council spot.

"The law says if they're not qualified in that 30-day period, essentially they cannot be qualified after that 30-day period," Rockovich said, indicating that "qualified" means the person has met all obligations of the position, including obtaining a bond.

Rockovich said council members have not discussed what to do in the event Hicks was unable to get bonded.

"Nobody has even talked to me about that," Rockovich said. "I think the first time you're going to hear from (council) about what their plans are to fill the position will be on Monday. They haven't talked to me about scheduling a special meeting or anything of the sort."