County Commissioner John Vatavuk jokingly asked what would happen if nobody brought up chief clerk Carolyn Zambanini’s resignation request for a vote during the board’s meeting on Tuesday morning.
“It’s going to be a long day then,” responded Zambanini with a laugh.
Soon afterward, the commissioners accepted her resignation with much regret.
Vatavuk told Zambanini: “You have been wonderful to work with, indispensable, very bright, just done everything we’ve ever asked.”
Zambanini, a Friedens resident, offered her resignation after serving almost 16 full years in the position. She is leaving to become manager of the Somerset Township Municipal Authority.
“It really wasn’t a decision to step down,” said Zambanini, who started working in the commissioners office on Sept. 11, 1985. “Another opportunity presented itself, and it was a good opportunity that I couldn’t say no to.”
Working for the authority will provide Zambanini the chance to follow numerous infrastructure projects through from beginning to end.
“It’s kind of the same thing I do now, but a little more concentrated on infrastructure projects, which is part of the job that I like here,” she said. “That’s kind of why I decided to move on, try something new.”
Her resignation will take effect on March 1.
Sonya Augustine will become acting chief clerk on March 4. She now serves as assistant chief clerk.