Irvington council remains in turmoil following audit report, resignations

IRVINGTON—Mayor Albert “Tripp” Bugg, town clerk Sharon Phillips, zoning administrator Lara Brown and town attorney Nancyellen Keane in Irvington have all resigned, or announced their intentions to do so.

While Bugg and Brown had previously announced their resignations, Phillips’ and Keane’s intentions became more apparent at the Thursday, June 10, town council meeting during heated discussion surrounding the release of an investigation and financial audit report. A lengthy closed session on personnel concluded the meeting.

At a special called meeting on Tuesday, June 14, council in a 4-2 vote appointed council member Frances Westbrook to serve as interim mayor. Council members Bonnie Schashek, Frances Westbrook, Wayne Nunnally and Jackie Brown voted in favor of the appointment; Anthony Marchetti and Dudley Patteson, against. In a unanimous 6-0 decision, council appointed planning commission member Chris Braly to fill the council seat vacated by Westbrook. Marchetti was appointed vice mayor.

Council previously accepted Phillips’ resignation and her last day will be June 30. Brown’s last day also will be June 30, while Keane indicated she will continue to serve through the special election to fill the mayor’s post vacated by Bugg.

June 10 discussion

During the June 10 meeting, Marchetti called for each council member to resign from their position….[to-view-more]