Ma­hanoy City ap­points new bor­ough man­ager

The Republican Herald - - LOCAL - BY JOHN E. USALIS STAFF WRITER con­tact the writer: jusalis@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570-628-6023

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.

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