Haines re­signs Hat­field Town­ship man­ager po­si­tion

North Penn Life - - Opinion - By Bradley Sch­legel bschlegel@jour­nalregis­ter. com

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.

Haines, P4, said work­ing in a “full-ser­vice city” like Ne­wark has been a longterm goal.

He said his wife at­tended col­lege in aelaware and lived in the state for N5 years.

“7KLV RSSRUWunLWy wDV nRW ex­pected,” Haines said.

How­ever, Haines — who pre­vi­ously served as a staff mem­ber in Ne­wark’s plan­ning com­mis­sion af­ter earn­ing a master’s de­gree in pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion from the rniver­sity of aelaware — VDLG WKH GLI­fiFulW SDUW wDV in­form­ing the town­ship’s staff.

“7KHy’UH RuWVWDnGLnJ Ln- di­vid­u­als ded­i­cated to this com­mu­nity,” said Haines, wKRVH wLll HnG KLV fiYH-yHDU ten­ure in the town­ship Jan. 25. “I’m go­ing to miss the peo­ple of this com­mu­nity. It’s a won­der­ful place.”

7KH ERDUG RI FRPPLV- sion­ers will be very sorry to see Haines leave, ac­cord­ing WR 3UHVLGHnW 7RP ZLSIHl.

ZLSIHl FDl­lHG HDLnHV RnH of the town­ship’s best as­sets.

“An­drew is ex­cep­tional DW KLV jRE,” ZLSIHl VDLG. “,W’V not a sur­prise other cities and town­ships have taken an in­ter­est in him over the years be­cause of his skill and abil­ity.”

7RwnVKLS RI­fiFLDlV KLUHG Haines, a Ship­pens­burg na­tive, in Jan­uary of 2008 as the as­sis­tant to Stephanie 7HRlL DPLG WKH FRnWURYHUVy re­lated to a de­ci­sion by the town­ship’s board of com­mis­sion­ers to hire a new en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tant.

derry An­dris — a cur­rent mem­ber of the board who lost the same seat in Novem­ber of 2007 — sued the com­mis­sion­ers, claim­ing they vi­o­lated the Sun­shine $FW wKHn WKHy KLUHG 7&0 As­so­ci­ates.

“I was aware that some changes, due to the elec­tion of 2007, were coming,” HDLnHV VDLG. “7KHy lHG WR VRPH FKDl­lHnJHV IRU HDW­fiHlG 7RwnVKLS Ln 2008 DnG 2009. At some point, all man­agers have to deal with the ebb and flRw RI WKH SRlLWLFDl nDWuUH RI HlHFWHG RI­fiFLDlV.”

Haines be­came the in­WHULP PDnDJHU DIWHU 7HRlL UHVLJnHG WKDW -unH. 7KUHH months later, the com­mis­sion­ers made his po­si­tion per­ma­nent.

“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.”

Haines said most of his success in­volved the creDWLRn RI Dn HI­fiFLHnW LnIUDstruc­ture geared to­ward ser­vice.

Ac­cord­ing to the manDJHU, HDW­fiHlG 7RwnVKLS’V ERDUG wDV WKH fiUVW Ln 0RnWJRPHUy CRunWy WR uti­lize elec­tronic de­vices in­stead of pa­per dur­ing pub­lic meet­ings.

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.”

Photo by GE­OFF PAT­TON

An­drew Haines, Hat­field Town­ship man­ager, will leave his po­si­tion Jan. 25 for a sim­i­lar po­si­tion in Delaware.

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