NORTH TONAWANDA – For the second time, a city staff member will leave to work for State Sen. Robert G. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda.
Robert W. Welch, the city administrative assistant, has been a city staffer since 2010, and during that time worked with Ortt while he was the City of North Tonawanda mayor. Welch on Friday announced his plans to resign and begin working in Ortt’s Lockport district office on Monday. His resignation will officially be received by the Common Council on Tuesday at its regular meeting. Newly appointed administrative assistant Peter Drossos took Welch’s place.
Another staffer left the city to work with Ortt last year.
On Jan. 5, 2015, Scott P. Kiedrowski, who had worked with Ortt for five years when he was mayor, left his elected post as the City of North Tonawanda’s clerk-treasurer to become Ortt’s newly elected chief of staff. He also resigned as Niagara County GOP party chairman, but returned to his leadership role one year later, this past January.
Welch announced his plan to resign in mid-February. There were more than 30 applicants for the open position and six candidates were interviewed.
Mayor Arthur G. Pappas selected Drossos to fill Welch’s position and his appointment will be officially announced to the Common Council on Tuesday.
Drossos has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Missouri and recently worked in the pharmaceutical and insurance industries.
He grew up in Grand Island and currently lives in the Town of Tonawanda. Drossos is in the process of relocating to the City of North Tonawanda.
Drossos’ salary will be $47,900 per year.