By Michael DePietro
Interim Tribune Editor
North Tonawanda City Clerk/Treasurer Matthew Parrish announced his resignation on Tuesday with an effective date of Aug. 9. Alderman-at-Large Austin Tylec communicated the announcement on Facebook about an hour before the North Tonawanda Common Council’s meeting.
During the meeting, Parrish read the following statement:
“I respectfully request that you accept my resignation from my position as North Tonawanda city clerk/treasurer effective Sunday Aug. 9, 2020, at 9 p.m.
“Recently, I was presented with an opportunity to take a position elsewhere. This opportunity was unexpected and came about very quickly. It’s not an easy decision to make because my heart is, and always will be here in the City of North Tonawanda.
“After much consideration, I have determined that is in the best interest for the future of my young family to vacate my current seat and accept the position that has been offered to me.
“It has been my distinct honor and pleasure to serve the residents North Tonawanda as your clerk/treasurer throughout the course of the last two years. This has truly been an amazing experience to sit as an elected official in a wonderful community such as this and I will be forever grateful.”
According to the Niagara County clerk’s office, Parrish will be taking the position of Niagara County deputy county clerk following the retirement of Wendy J. Roberson last week. Parrish will begin the new position on Monday.