Munhall manager resigns, citing 'disillusionment'
Munhall borough manager Matt Galla has resigned.
He left the post effective at the close of business on Monday. Councilors confirmed Galla's resignation on Tuesday.
Council vice president Rob Falce said he was surprised by Galla's decision, stating he talked with him recently about what a great job he did setting up the Community Day website.
“It was unexpected,” Falce said. “We're not looking to make a move, but we're looking to do something. I know a couple people tried to contact Matt. Nobody's heard back.”
Falce said a part-time clerk was helping Galla in the office. The clerk will field borough office calls and is expected to take notes at Wednesday's council meeting.
It is uncertain if council will accept Galla's resignation at the meeting.
Councilman Dan Lloyd said Galla “gave lots of reasons” for resigning and the resignation letter reads as follows: “Although my time with the borough of Munhall has been, for the most part, satisfying and productive, for quite a while now I have become disillusioned, disenfranchised and less and less satisfied with my current work situation. Attempts at resolution have been unsuccessful.”
Lloyd said he will contact Galla to see if he will change his mind about leaving.
“In order for him to come back, the whole position has to be restructured to where he has authority to make decisions, a lot of decisions,” Lloyd said. “He has the responsibility to get things done, (but) he's never had the power to make decisions without being second-guessed by council.
“As far as his job performance, it was A-plus. He's the best thing that's happened in Munhall borough in five years, and it would be a travesty if he wouldn't reconsider. I will be in touch with him in a few days. We have not yet accepted his resignation. I'm of the opinion that we need him and we need to work something out with him that makes sense.”
Galla's letter states he completed Wednesday's meeting agenda and provided a “small guide for whomever will be picking up the workload.”
Falce said he's unsure if Galla will return to work for the borough, and is seeking an interim manager with assistance from the Allegheny County Boroughs Association.
Galla replaced Rebecca Wehrer as borough manager on Jan. 1, 2011. Wehrer accepted an early retirement package in November 2010 after 34 years of borough employment. Galla was assistant borough manager at the time, and was appointed to the position in December 2010.
Galla officially began working for Munhall borough in January 2009 as an office assistant and six months later the position of assistant borough manager was created for him. Before that, Galla built the borough's website and wrote the code enforcement system in 2007-08. He moved to the borough from Southern California in 2005.
When he was in California, Galla was a manager of operations for Walt Disney Co. He earned a business science degree from University of California-Riverside. Galla then received a master facility executive certificate from BOMI International.
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