Easton council member Michael Fleck announces he is stepping down and leaving city
Easton City Council member Michael Fleck announced Wednesday night that he will resign on July 9, and that he and his young family are moving to Allentown.
"I will be gone by July, unless you want to get rid of me quicker," Fleck joked to his colleagues. "Our [political and government consulting] business is in Allentown and we're spending more and more time there."
Fleck Consulting, which operates at 1322 Hamilton St., Allentown, managed former Northampton County executive Glenn Reibman's recent comeback campaign. Reibman lost in Tuesday's primary to term-limited Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan for the Democratic county executive nomination.
Fleck, who announced early this year that he would not be seeking re-election, has represented Easton's West Ward since 2009. He also represented the ward from 2001 to 2005, and twice ran unsuccessfully for mayor.
He is best known for helping enact an amusement tax and an ordinance giving health benefits to domestic partners of city workers.
Fleck is a lifelong Easton resident, and he choked up a bit talking about the city after Wednesday night's council meeting. "We'll miss it [Easton]," said Fleck. "I was born in Allentown and moved here when I was 3 months old. I've spent 37 years here, except for one year in South Africa and one year in Cleveland."
Mayor Sal Panto told Fleck he "appreciated the three-and-a-half years I've spent working with you … but I wish you would have waited until the end of the year to move," alluding to the fact that Fleck's term ends in December.
Any West Ward resident interested in finishing Fleck's term can file a request to be considered with council, Panto noted, adding that it has been council's informal policy not to appoint anyone who will be a candidate for a full four-year term.
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