Robin­son man­ager set to take reins in North Huntingdon

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Local Xtra - By Anne Cloo­nan

As the new man­ager of North Huntingdon, Jef­frey Silka of Mon­roeville an­tic­i­pates ad­dress­ing a full range of eco­nomic, de­vel­op­ment and mu­nic­i­pal man­age­ment is­sues in his new job.

Mr. Silka, 50, is cur­rently man­ager of Robin­son, Al­legheny County, and is a for­mer man­ager of Mon­roeville.

North Huntingdon com­mis­sion­ers voted 7-0 on Oct. 5 to hire him as town­ship man­ager to re­place John Shep­herd, who re­signed to be­come man­ager of Roxbury, N.J.

Mr. Silka will be­gin his new job Nov. 1 at a start­ing salaryof $110,000 per year.

He­said he is look­ing for­ward to meet­ing with North Huntingdon staff and com­mis­sion­ers to learn about the town­ship and de­velop a list of short­and long-term man­age­ment pri­or­i­ties. He noted that one dif­fer­ence be­tweenRobin­son and North Huntingdon is that 90 per­cent of the busi­nesses in Robin­son are lo­cal sites of na­tional com­pa­nies, while North Huntingdon has a lot of small busi­nesses and more parks and green spa­ces.

Mr. Silka grew up in John­stown and earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from the Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh at John­stown and a master’s de­gree from In­di­ana Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia.

He has worked for a num­ber of mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ments, in­clud­ing as city man­ager of John­stown. He also was ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Som­er­set County Eco­nomic Devel­op­men­tCoun­cil.

In 2013, Mr. Silka re­signed as Mon­roeville man­ager af­ter he was told to fire Mon­roeville po­lice Chief Doug Cole or lose his job. Chief Cole was de­moted, then fired, but was later hired back.

Last week, when asked about his de­ci­sion in Mon­roeville, Mr. Silka said, “Some­times you have to do whatyou feel is right to do.”

North Huntingdon also is in­volved in a con­tro­versy with its for­mer po­lice chief, An­drew Lisiecki, who was fired in Septem­ber 2016.

Mr. Lisiecki filed a fed­eral law­suit in De­cem­ber against four North Huntingdon com­mis­sion­ers, say­ing his fir­ing was re­tal­i­a­tion for his role in the ter­mi­na­tion of a town­ship po­lice of­fi­cer in 2014. Mr. Lisiecki is su­ing to get his job back. The law­suit is pend­ing.

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