Mahanoy City appoints new borough manager
MAHANOY CITY — The Mahanoy City Borough Council hired Cindy Soley as the new borough manager during Tuesday’s regular meeting.
Soley has been the borough’s fulltime secretary/treasurer for about four years. She and Code Enforcement Officer William F. Killian III have been performing borough manager duties since the departure of Daniel L. Lynch in April.
Lynch left to become Hazleton director of administration.
A resident of New Ringgold, Soley was a full-time office clerk when she was appointed in 2014 as borough secretary/treasurer to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Dorothy Lewis, who served in the position for 24 years.
The hiring of Soley includes an annual salary of $44,000.
After the meeting, council Vice President Francis Burke said Soley performed the borough manager duties very well.
“When Danny Lynch left, Cindy picked up the ball and she ran with it big time,” Burke said. “She stepped up to the plate, as did Billy Killian. Cindy and Billy knew what was going on in the borough, and we all just worked together.”
The new position provides Soley with her own office, though she plans to spend time outside it.
“I plan to be out more. I don’t plan on sitting back there all the time. I want to be out. I want to interact,” Soley said.
In a related motion, the council approved advertising for the fulltime secretary position.
The council also approved compensating Soley and Killian $2,000 each for the borough manager duties they have performed.
Shortly after Soley was hired, the council adopted a resolution to have the new borough manager apply to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loan program. The borough is applying for a lowinterest loan and a grant to purchase a pickup truck and plow for the street department and a marked cruiser for the police department. The maximum grant will pay for 75 percent of the total project amount or $50,000, whichever is less.
In other business, the council approved outsourcing payroll to JetPay HR and Payroll Services at $3,200 per year.
The borough council also hired Jordan Smith as a part-time police officer contingent on successfully passing the police background investigation, physical examination, psychological examination and complying with Municipal Police Officers’ Education & Training Commission standards.