Mayor seeks, accepts street commissioner's resignation

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

CANNELTON - Cannelton Street Commissioner Jimmy Maffia has resigned, he told The News Monday.

"It's political - that's all I can tell you," he said. "I was asked to resign." A misunderstanding developed and "turned political," he added.

Cannelton Mayor Smokey Graves appointed Maffia to the position during the first common-council meeting of the year. Graves himself won election to his seat in November and began serving in the position as the new year dawned.

"I did ask him to resign," he confirmed Wednesday, "but I don't care to go into it." He said city attorney Chris Goffinet was on vacation, but suggested "maybe we can have a conversation" upon his return.

"I was carrying out my duties," Maffia said. "I was doing everything I was supposed to be doing."

Graves complimented Maffia at recent meetings for the way he and his crew responded to snowfall and a citywide spring cleanup.

"I just hope they can keep the city cleaned up like I did," Maffia said Monday. He was seeking another job, and said, "I can pretty well do anything, but it's hard to find a job right now."