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Ballston Spa treasurer resigns amid state audit

Ballston Spa treasurer resigns amid state audit

Mayor Joe Romano said Christopher Hickey had done a "great job" in serving the village for 15 years as treasurer.
Ballston Spa treasurer resigns amid state audit
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BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa Treasurer and Budget Officer Christopher Hickey resigned from his post on Monday, according to Mayor Joe Romano. 

Mayor Romano said he received Hickey's letter of resignation at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, and the resignation became effective on Monday. 

“Chris has been treasurer 15 years, and he’s done a great a job," Romano said Monday. 

Hickey's deputy, Darryl Purinton, also sent a letter of resignation to the mayor on Thursday that took effect Monday. 

The resignations come after a draft of a state audit was sent to the village last week, according to a Brian Butry, a spokesman for the State Comptroller's Office. 

Butry said the agency could not release further information on the audit, beyond that it concerned the general finances of the village. At some point in October, the audit will be complete and released to the public, Butry said.

In the spring, the village enacted a 17.5 percent property tax hike and had to secure an emergency loan of $600,000 to cover operating expenses. 

Romano said he will have “further discussions with the board” on Hickey's departure and hopes to fill the position quickly.

Hickey declined a request for comment.

“We want to fill it, obviously. We just want to make sure we get the most qualified person," Romano said.

Reach Daily Gazette reporter Jake Lahut at 518-322-2358, [email protected] or @JakeLahut on Twitter.

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