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Jerry Mullarkey, Executive Director of the Pittston Community Development Authority, submitted a letter to the city indicating his intent to retire.

The retirement is effective June 30.

Mullarkey, 67, has been involved with city authorities for 40 years, starting with the housing authority. Housing offices were at various times in the Dime Bank and in the old Pittston Gazette Building on Broad Street. In the early 1990s Mullarkey was appointed Executive Director of the Community Development Authority, also known as the Housing Authority, with an office in city hall.

City manager Joe Moskovitz said it's a busy time for the redevelopment office, but he doesn't anticipate a problem. "There's a lot going on in that office," Moskovitz said. "The Gilbro and the Main Street condo project are at critical junctures, but I don't think there'll be any lag time of interruption in the progress."

The Gilbro project is the proposed construction of an office and retail building at the corner of William and Main by the Gilchrist brothers and Sam Falcone. The condo project Moskovitz referred to involves the old Burne Building between Kennedy and Main Streets, where Harry Salavantis has plans to build loft-style apartments.

Former mayor Mike Lombardo is on the authority board. He joked that Mullarkey may not be finished working saying, "he may become a roadie for Bruce Springsteen." Mullarkey is an enormous Springsteen fan and has been to numerous Springsteen concerts.

Turning serious, Lombardo said, "We're sad to see him go. He has a long list of accomplishments and I'm proud to have worked with him."

Mullarkey's wife Ann Marie is retired and they have adult children and grandchildren who live out of the area, a likely factor in the retirement decision. Mullarkey could not be reached in time for this story.

The mayor, city council and the authority board will meet to discuss options for replacing Mullarkey.

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