Town­ship man­ager re­signs

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt [email protected]­tu­ry­ @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

UP­PER POTTS­GROVE >> The res­ig­na­tion of Town­ship Man­ager Carol Lewis, af­ter more than four years at the helm, was an­nounced and unan­i­mously ac­cepted by the town­ship com­mis­sion­ers Nov. 19.

Lewis has taken a new job as the man­ager of Val­ley Town­ship in Ch­ester County and her last day with Up­per Potts­grove will be Dec. 7.

Town­ship Com­mis­sioner El­wood Tay­lor said over her four­plus years with the town­ship, Lewis had saved be­tween $600,000 and $700,000 by tak­ing over fi­nance re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, health in­sur­ance sav­ings and ob­tain­ing grants.

He was joined by the other com­mis­sion­ers in thank­ing her for all she has done for the town­ship.

In her place, Po­lice Chief Fran Wheat­ley was named as act­ing town­ship man­ager.

Wheatly says he does have con­cerns about hold­ing the job for too long given that the po­lice con­tract names the town­ship man­ager as the per­son to whom an of­fi­cer must ap­peal if there is a dis­agree­ment with a de­ci­sion by the po­lice chief.

The board also ap­pointed Zon­ing and Plan­ning Ad­min­is­tra­tor Michelle Red­dick as “fi­nance and ad­min­is­tra­tion lead,” as de­scribed on the agenda from the Nov. 19 meet­ing.

Asked what her job def­i­ni­tion is, Com­mis­sion­ers’ Chair­man Trace Slink­erd said it had not been de­fined yet.

Also un­de­fined is any change in pay for ei­ther Wheat­ley or Red­dick to com­pen­sate them for their ad­di­tional du­ties.

Red­dick did re­ceive a bump in pay ear­lier this year, when she was ap­pointed board sec­re­tary and made re­spon­si­ble for the meet­ing min­utes.

Slink­erd said no pro­ce­dure for re­plac­ing Lewis has been de­ter­mined yet and Com­mis­sioner Martin Schreiber’s mo­tion to ad­ver­tise im­me­di­ately for a new town­ship man­ager died with­out a sec­ond.

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