Interim Munhall manager appointed
By Michael DiVittorio
Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 12:26 a.m.
Munhall has a new interim borough manager.
Council appointed Timothy Little to the position at an executive session on Tuesday.
Council is to ratify the hiring on July 17.
“It was an emergency. We needed someone in right away,” council president Joe Ballas said.
Little's salary is approximately $60,000, the same as that of former manager Matt Galla. However, Little will not receive benefits or a pension.
Galla resigned on June 17. 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.
Ballas said the borough sought several options for borough manager, and Little reached out to council.
“He read it in the paper that our manager resigned and he gave me a call asking if we needed help,” Ballas said. “We tried calling a few other people. It wasn't just one and done.”
Borough officials discussed offering Galla a contract and other incentives to return, prior to hiring Little.
Councilman Dan Lloyd said Galla responded via email on June 24 and said he would not return.
Galla provided a guide to the borough prior to his departure to assist his replacement.
“It's hard to step into somebody else's business, even if you're familiar with the programs that they use,” Lloyd said. “(Little) has the government experience that we need.”
“We were looking for someone to come in who had experience and could hit the ground running and be ready to go,” council vice president Rob Falce said. “I think it was a good choice for us at the time. Tim's very knowledgeable. He has experience in Monroeville, Baldwin and other municipalities. He has a good reputation in this area.”
Little is a former Homestead resident.
Little's resume indicates he was a municipal manager for Monroeville from 2010-2012, Baldwin from 2005-2010, Robinson Township from 2002-2004, Middlesex Township from 1999-2000 and Center Township from 1992-1997.
He received a bachelor's degree in education from California University of Pennsylvania and a master's of public administration from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public & International Affairs.
“He's a good guy,” Ballas said. “We will officially hire him at the next meeting. He's in place now and trying to figure out everything.”
One thing Little will have to piece together is how the borough missed its 2011 audit and possible loss of more than $300,000 in Allegheny County sales tax revenue as a result of not having the audit completed.
Lloyd said appointing an auditor for 2011 was never put on an agenda and no firm was chosen.
“I think it just fell through the cracks,” Lloyd said. “It's a travesty. It's mismanagement. It is what it is.”
Falce and Ballas said they do not recall voting on the 2011 audit.
“There are a lot of pieces to this puzzle that are still being put together with digging out where everything is at,” Falce said. “What was done. What wasn't done. We're looking into it.”
Ballas said Galla was in charge of getting the audit prepared and finding an auditor.
“We left all this in the manager's hands,” Ballas said. “He was the one who had to work with them.”
“When Matt left there was a lot of things that we needed to find out,” Falce said. “If there's a problem, we're going to take care of it.”
Galla did not return emails seeking comment.
Council has not selected a firm to perform the 2012 audit.
“That is something the new manager's looking into,” Falce said.
Ballas said audits will be a talking point at this month's council meeting.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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