Haines resigns Hatfield Township manager position
From a professional and family perspective, Andrew Haines said his decision to UHVLJn DV HDWfiHlG 7Rwnship’s manager to become the deputy manager of Newark, ael., was clear.
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“As a professional manager, my goal was to keep my head down and focus on my day-to-day role and executing the policies of the township,” Haines said.
7KH WRwnVKLS’V VWDII worked hard to maintain a level of services deVSLWH VLJnLfiFDnW finDnFLDl challenges, according to Haines.
“Especially the last three years, we had to do more with less,” he said. “We never reduced our services. We were able to think outside the box to solve problems.”
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However, his more visible accomplishments included the 20N0 preservation of N0 acres off Line Lexington ooad, the construction of a carport IRU WKH HDWfiHlG 7RwnVKLS molice aepartment and a storage facility at the public works building paid for with $75,000 from fundraising and the work to install a new restroom at School ooad mark.
7KH FRPPLVVLRnHUV DUH currently considering options on creating a managerial transition plan, according to Haines.
$FFRUGLnJ WR ZLSIHl, WKH board expects to establish a hiring process within the next couple days.
“:H KDYH fiYH-DnG-D-KDlI weeks to pick a successor,” he said. “It won’t take long for us to get knee deep in that process.”
Andrew Haines, Hatfield Township manager, will leave his position Jan. 25 for a similar position in Delaware.