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Facing theft charges, John Campbell resigns as Harrisburg treasurer

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Following theft charges this week, Harrisburg Treasurer John Campbell has submitted his resignation letter to the city, effective Sept. 2, according to Mayor Eric Papenfuse.

Campbell was charged Tuesday with a third-degree felony and first-degree misdemeanor in the theft of nearly $8,500 from the Historic Harrisburg Association, his former employer.

He served as executive director of the association for about five years before resigning in April to accept the position of development director at Equality Pennsylvania. He continued to do the bookkeeping work for the association on a pro bono basis until mid-July.

Campbell had his preliminary arraignment today before Magisterial District Judge Robert Jennings III, and he posted unsecured bail of $5,000, according to Dauphin County court records. A preliminary hearing before Jennings is set for Sept. 5.

Paul Wambach, who served as treasurer for more than 20 years, has been named interim treasurer.

The City Council immediately will begin advertising for a new treasurer and application forms will be posted on the city’s website, the administration said.

"This will be a quick process," Chief Clerk Kirk Petroski said.

A new treasurer must be appointed within 30 days of the vacancy, he said. The advertisement will be posted Tuesday when the office is vacated.

Applicants must be accountants and at least 21 years of age, with at least one year of residency in the city, and they must reside in the city throughout the term of office. 

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