MANSFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) - After not showing up for work for months but still collecting a paycheck, the Mansfield Town Highway Superintendent has resigned.
The Town Supervisor has no idea how long Gary Hahn has not been coming to work, but Hahn is finally out. For months, Deputy Highway Superintendent Brad Hurley has been filling Hahn's shoes.
"[Laughs] I was pretty busy for awhile," Hurley said.
Hahn was elected to his post in Cattaraugus County twice, but had stopped coming to work.
Hurley said, "It's hard to pinpoint [when it began]... but it was less and less and less as time went on."
It eventually got to the point where Hahn was never around, even after this massive fire destroyed most of the highway department's equipment, last October. http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/local/flames-tear-through-town-highway-barn
Hahn should have been responsible for rebuilding after the destructive fire. But after not coming to work for months, he finally submitted a one-sentence resignation letter on Saturday, which went into effect immediately.
Hahn had been collecting his taxpayer-funded $44,000 salary and full benefits. And because Hahn was an elected official, there was no legal recourse the town could take to have Hahn removed.
Town Supervisor Bob Keis said, "I find it very frustrating. It wasn't right that he was receiving his pay and his benefits but not doing anything to earn it. What really made the difference was when word got out to the public, they started to get behind it and were very upset by it rightfully so."
News 4 went to Hahn's home in Salamanca, but no one answered the door.
Hurley will likely remain in charge of the highway department until elections are held in November. Hurley says he will likely run for his former boss' post.
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