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Penn Township looks to replace retiring manager

| Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 11:42 a.m.
Aaron Loughner | For The Penn Trafford Star
Penn Township Manager Bruce Light will retire from his position in May. In this photo from earlier this year, Light waits with his dogs at the ceremonies for the opening of the township dog park.

Penn Township commissioners are starting to plan for the retirement of Bruce Light, the only municipal manager in the township's history.

Light, who has been on the job since April 1995, said he intends to retire in May.

He previously was the public-works director in Murrysville for 16 years.

Among his many roles, Light, 62, sits on the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission, serving as the treasurer and secretary.

His tenure as manager has been longer than any of the five commissioners to whom he reports.

Commissioners Ed Sullivan and Larry Harrison have started to work on an ordinance that would update the manager's job description, Commissioner Chuck Horvat said.

They will present a recommendation on the job duties to the rest of the board, he said.

“Bruce Light is a very, very good manager,” said Horvat, who decided not to run for reelection after serving four terms.

“He has a lot of qualities and experience, so it's going to be a tough assignment.”

Light's salary has grown from $45,000 upon his hiring in 1995 to $80,126 for 2013. He also receives $6,974 to serve as the township secretary.

Commissioners plan to discuss the pending opening more at their Sept. 11 caucus meeting.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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