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Sheffler will do double duty for Southwest Greensburg

| Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Corry Sheffler, the new Southwest Greensburg Borough manager and tax collector, poses for a portrait in the borough's office in Southwest Greensburg on Dec. 17, 2013.

Corry Sheffler will be taking on additional duties in Southwest Greensburg.

Sheffler, 58, the borough secretary since 2011, is expected to be named the borough manager early next year.

His appointment may occur as soon as Jan. 6, when council holds its annual reorganization meeting.

Sheffler also won election in November as the borough tax collector after running unopposed.

Sheffler said he is ready to take on his new duties — along with offering residents additional hours to do business with the tax collection office.

“I love my borough. It will be a busy year, but I'm looking forward to it,” he said.

In December, council adopted an ordinance establishing the post of borough manager.

“We're going to have him make day-to-day decisions,” said Jeff Tabita, council president.

Council will continue to make policy and related decisions, Tabita said.

Sheffler fields responsibilities beyond the normal scope of a borough secretary, and he has other strengths, including an expertise in finance, that make him a good choice as manager, Tabita said.

As borough secretary, Sheffler said, he was handling many of the duties a borough manager normally would shoulder.

“The big decisions will still be up to council,” Sheffler explained.

The borough manager duties, in particular, will involve the street and sanitation departments and possibly some personnel issues, Tabita said.

Sheffler won't be paid more to serve as manager, he said. He will get a small portion of the tax money he collects, based on a formula set by law.

Council has agreed to move the tax collection office to the borough building on Stanton Street, and the schedule for tax collection hours will be expanded, Sheffler said.

He will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

On Saturdays, the tax office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon, Sheffler said.

At its meeting this month, council recognized departing Councilman Jim Smith, who has served for 28 years, all while taking on other community service.

Jeanne Davis, who formerly served on council, will replace Smith on the board.

In addition, council recognized departing tax collector John Biondi, who served for 13 years.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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