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WHEATFIELD – Edward Sturgeon, who resigned as Wheatfield recreation director last year after the Town Board brought charges of financial mismanagement against him, had the highest score on the recent civil service examination for his old job, but he won’t be hired, Town Attorney Robert J. O’Toole said last week.

The top three scorers plus ties are eligible for appointment. Michael C. Ranalli, Sturgeon’s deputy, who has been running the Recreation Department since Sturgeon was suspended, tied for third place.

“Mike Ranalli will be appointed,” O’Toole said. Only a state certification of the list is holding that up.

Sturgeon also finished first and Ranalli tied for third in the exam for deputy recreation director, a job vacant since Ranalli’s promotion. Both tests were given May 3, and the list was posted July 15.

“It’s not clear what the town will do with respect to the deputy director,” O’Toole said. “We may do some restructuring and have some different positions over there.”

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