Petitioner seeks Dils’ removal from Hamburg School Board
The reason for Mahoney filing the petition is because Dils has been absent for 10 of the district’s 21 meetings in 2012.
“I did miss the meetings,” said Dils. “I was approved by the board to miss those meetings.”
The Hamburg School Board approved a measure at a meeting in May to hire the law offices of Harris Beach to represent Dils in the case.
Board member Holly Balaya voted against the district hiring Harris Beach to represent Dils during a board meeting in May and said at that time, she believed if Dils wanted to remain on the board, he should pay for an attorney himself.
Dils, who is currently in his 10th year on the Hamburg School Board, said the reason for the number of absences this year is due to an increased work load.
He works for the Erie County Sheriff’s Department and he said short staffing has forced him to work more hours.
Dils believes the lawsuit is frivilous because he is not trying to avoid his responsibilities with the board.
“You have to refuse to serve,” Dils said.
According to Dils, if the state commissioner’s office ruled against him, he would be not be able to run for one year.
Dils term is up at the end of the 2012-13 school year and would have to run again in 2013 for another term on the board.
The Sun was unable to reach Mahoney for comment.