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Beuter gets official title of Carnegie manager

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
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Stephen Beuter had been interim borough manager since Jeff Harbin retired in June.

Stephen Beuter hopes he can bring stability to what some have viewed as a revolving door of administration in Carnegie.

Beuter, 27, became the fifth borough manager since 2008 when borough council approved his appointment at its agenda meeting Monday night. He has served as interim manager since former manager and police chief Jeff Harbin retired in June.

“It's exciting,” Beuter said. “I'm glad council has confidence in me.”

The parade of managers began with the resignation of Barry Pacienza in 2008. His replacement, Stephen Vincenti, resigned in 2009. Whitney Brady resigned in 2010. Harbin served as interim manager four times before taking over permanently in 2011.

Beuter came to the borough in 2010 after graduating from Robert Morris University in 2009 with a degree in business management.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Steve,” Carnegie Mayor Jack Kobistek said. “I know he's a good learner who will work very hard at the job.”

One thing Beuter said he wants to work on immediately is bringing in more grant money for the community.

“That's part of my main focus,” he said. “Before, the resources (weren't) there.”

He said he hopes to work with the different borough departments to plan strategies for the community.

“I want to work together to assess what needs done,” he said.

The other part of his immediate focus, he said, is to keep the community moving forward.

“The borough has done a lot of growing in the past three years,” he said. “I want to keep businesses coming in and keep expanding.”

Key to that, he said, is listening to those in the community.

“Most important are the residents,” he said. “They're what keep (the borough) going.”

While Beuter doesn't come into the position cold — he worked closely with Harbin — he can't help but be a tiny bit nervous.

“Just a little bit,” he said. “I want to be proactive about things. Every day is something different. Prioritizing is the key goal.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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