Board, staff mourn late fi­nance di­rec­tor

Mau­reen Doyle had worked for the town­ship since 2006

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Dan Sokil dsokil@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @Dan­sokil on Twit­ter

Town­ship of­fi­cials are mourn­ing the loss of one of their own.

“It’s a sad day for the town­ship fam­ily. Our long­time fi­nance di­rec­tor and friend, Mau­reen Doyle, passed away last week. She was buried this morn­ing. We miss her greatly,” said su­per­vi­sors’ Pres­i­dent Chuck Wil­son.

Doyle had worked for the town­ship since 2006 af­ter hold­ing a sim­i­lar post for over a decade in Perkasie bor­ough, ac­cord­ing to her obituary and town­ship Man­ager Rob Ford.

Born in Philadel­phia, Doyle moved to Lans­dale in 1970, was a grad­u­ate of Lans­dale Catholic High School and Gwynedd Mercy Col­lege, and was a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Cer­ti­fied Pub­lic Ac­coun­tants, ac­cord­ing to her obituary with Sim­cox-McIl­vaine Fu­neral Home.

She passed away on Oct. 4 at age 60 af­ter an ex­tended ill­ness, ac­cord­ing to Ford, who said town­ship staff were given a half-day off Wed­nes­day to at­tend her fu­neral ser­vice at St. Stanis­laus Ro­man Catholic Church in Lans­dale.

“It’s just a huge loss for staff. She did so many things here — it was nice to see her tech­ni­cal skills, but as part of the staff, she just re­ally made an enor­mous dif­fer­ence,” Ford said.

“It was a per­sonal loss for

the town­ship staff, not just as an em­ployee. It re­ally hit us hard,” he said.

Each year Doyle would lead staff and the board through a se­ries of bud­get work­shop meet­ings to de­velop a fi­nan­cial plan for the fol­low­ing year, and Ford said that process is al­ready un­der­way, but with­out the ex­pert.

“Es­pe­cially at bud­get time, where she made things so easy for me, we’re strug­gling through that. And then we have to fig­ure out what we’re go­ing to do long-term, about fill­ing her po­si­tion,” Ford said.

For now he and Wil­son are han­dling much of the bud­get for­mu­la­tion and dis­cus­sion, ac­cord­ing to the man­ager, but Doyle also was re­spon­si­ble for all town­ship hu­man re­sources func­tions, which will likely re­quire a full-time re­place­ment.

“I’m learn­ing a lot of it, but she was just a huge, huge loss,” Ford said.

All five su­per­vi­sors ac­knowl­edged Doyle with a mo­ment of si­lence at the start of the board’s Oct. 10 meet­ing, and Ford said sev­eral have al­ready in­di­cated they’d like to see some sort of per­ma­nent memo­rial to her at the town­ship mu­nic­i­pal com­plex, along the lines of a memo­rial plaque for former su­per­vi­sor Tom Hol­len­beck, who passed away sud­denly in 2010, or the memo­rial gar­den for late ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant Sharon Luma, who was killed in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent in 2012.

“It goes on. We’re re­spon­si­ble to make sure we move for­ward, and find a way to get things done. That’s what Mau­reen would want us to do,” said Ford.

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