Harrisburg treasurer resigns after theft charges

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 28, 2014 5:32 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- The treasurer of Pennsylvania's capital city is stepping down due to theft charges related to his previous job.

Harrisburg officials confirmed Treasurer John Campbell submitted his resignation today.

Campbell has been charged with stealing from the Historic Harrisburg Association. He declined to comment on allegations he took about $8,400 for personal use.

However, Campbell denied any wrongdoing as the city's part-time, elected treasurer. He says he welcomes the mayor's call for an independent audit of that agency.

The 26-year-old served as executive director of the nonprofit group prior to becoming treasurer.

Campbell was released after surrendering to authorities Thursday. His resignation takes effect Sept. 2, so as not to disrupt the municipal payment schedule.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Eric Papenfuse says City Council will advertise immediately for a new treasurer.

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