Kukucka: Serving as auditor has been ‘a major rush’

By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia.com



This will be David Kukucka’s final year overseeing Amherst’s financial books.

The former councilman, a Democrat, was elected in 2005 to serve as city auditor.

Now he’s been offered a promotion at PC Campana in Lorain, where he works as sales and service coordinator and will also become purchasing manager.

“I wanted to put my full attention to that and not short-change the city,” Kukucka said, explaining the time constraints that will cause him to set aside more than two decades of public service. The new responsibilities will put him in charge of buying everything from steel and alloys to office supplies, leaving no hours for his part-time municipal job.

“I’d rather put my effort into being a master of one rather than being a jack of all trades,” he said.

Kukucka did not file by the Feb. 1 deadline to seek another term as auditor.

Republican Derek Pittak announced in November that he would run for the office. Kukucka said knowing there was a qualified candidate in the wings eased his mind and aided his decision to bow out.

Public service started out as a “hobby,” he said, and it has been “a major rush” to serve so long. “It turned into 22 years of joy,” he said.

“I love the city of Amherst. It’s our home.”

Pittak is unchallenged in both the May primary and November general election, which means he is a shoe-in for the job, barring an unprecedented entry by an independent or write-in candidate.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.


By Jason Hawk