Harrisburg Treasurer John Campbell turned himself in to authorities today on charges of stealing from a charity. Campbell issued the following statement:
In light of the recent charges filed against
me, I have surrendered myself to the Dauphin County District Attorney's office
and the Harrisburg Bureau of Police. I appreciate both agencies' willingness to
accept my cooperation.
I have also resigned my position as Harrisburg City Treasurer. While the charges
have nothing to do with the Office of Treasury, it is in the best interest of
everyone involved, most especially the public, that I step down.
I respect and value that Mayor Eric Papenfuse has called for an independent
audit of the Treasury's business. I agree that is the action that should be taken,
and I think it's necessary to give the public absolute evidence that I did no wrong
doing in my position as City Treasurer.
Undoubtedly, there will be more I have to say about the charges against me and
my work as Executive Director of the Historic Harrisburg Association. For now,
though, I ask that all media inquiries on this matter be directed to my attorney,
Adam Klein, Esquire of the law firm Smigel, Anderson and Sacks. announced his resignation as City Treasurer Thursday afternoon.
City Spokesperson Joyce Davis then issued the following statement on Campbell's resignation:
John Campbell’s resignation as treasurer for the City of Harrisburg is effective Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the request of city officials to ensure limited disruption in the city’s schedule of payments.
The City Solicitor’s office received Campbell’s official resignation Thursday morning.
Campbell’s signature as treasurer will be on checks issued through Sept. 2.
Mayor Eric Papenfuse appointed former Harrisburg treasurer Paul Wambach to serve as interim treasurer. The City Council immediately will begin advertising for a new treasurer and application forms will be posted on the city’s website at www.harrisburgpa.gov.