Share This Page

Monroeville interim manager, chief could become full time

| Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 2:56 p.m.

Monroeville residents who railed against two recent promotions of municipal employees now might have to pay for their college degrees.

Two ordinances drafted for an upcoming vote Tuesday would make interim manager Lynette McKinney the next manager, with the condition that she earns a bachelor's degree in business management or a similar field.

Another proposal would make interim police Chief Steve Pascarella the next chief, on the condition that he also earns a bachelor's degree in criminal justice or a related field.

Taxpayers would pay for the college education of both officials, just as taxpayers have paid for the bachelor's degrees of the past two police chiefs — Doug Cole and George Polnar — Councilman Bernhard Erb said.

“I am seeking to be consistent with the practices of Monroeville,” Erb said.

Cole said on Wednesday that he obtained a bachelor's degree on his own prior to being hired as a police officer.

The Monroeville manager must have at least a bachelor's degree in public administration or a related field and three years of governmental administrative experience, according to the municipality's website, as of Monday.

McKinney said this week that she has an associate's degree but declined to comment further on the subject, which she said is a personnel matter.

McKinney has worked as an administrative assistant in Monroeville for more than 20 years.

Pascarella on Tuesday did not return a call seeking comment.

Some elected officials — including Mayor Greg Erosenko — say McKinney is not qualified to be an interim manager, let alone the manager.

Erosenko has the power under the Home Rule Charter to veto ordinances.

He said Tuesday in an email that he is not sure if he would veto McKinney's appointment but that he's ”checking in to that.”

If McKinney is hired as manager and then subsequently removed from the position by a future council, the ordinance would guarantee her a severance package equal to six months' salary.

The four council members who voted to appoint McKinney as interim manager are Erb, Diane Allison, Lois Drumheller and Clarence Ramsey.

Council member Jim Johns said he would do everything in his power to remove McKinney as municipal manager.

“She doesn't belong there,” Johns said. “I don't have anything against Lynette, but what (the majority) is doing is wrong.”

Ramsey said McKinney deserves the promotion.

“I think Lynette has more knowledge of the operation than most of the managers that were there,” Ramsey said.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.