Leetsdale leaders now say borough manager job needed
With the secretary/treasurer considering retirement at the end of next year, Leetsdale leaders say now is the time to add a borough manager.
In a job posting on the borough's website, Leetsdale officials have set a Friday deadline for applicants interested in the borough-manager job that the same council eliminated more than a year ago.
After serving as council president for the past one and a half years, Joe McGurk said, he has seen the amount of work pile up for borough secretary/treasurer Elizabeth Petalino. McGurk works with her to solve the borough's day-to-day needs but said as Petalino looks toward retirement, borough officials need to find a replacement.
“I was elected council president. I wasn't elected borough manager,” McGurk said.
McGurk and four other council members ran on a campaign pledge in 2011 to eliminate the manager and junior clerk positions and reinstate Petalino as secretary/treasurer.
In January 2012, then-manager Paul Scimio was ousted from his position after accusations that some officials improperly used borough-issued credit cards.
After a state Ethics Commission investigation, Scimio last year was ordered to pay $1,078 to Leetsdale after the commission determined he violated the state Ethics Act by using a borough-issued credit card for personal expenses. The commission found that Scimio did not use his authority as a councilman to secure his job in 2010 as borough manager.
Borough officials have requested the help of the Allegheny County Department of Community and Economic Development to seek borough manager candidates, council member Melanie Dunn said.
Applications are being directed to a member of the county's community and economic development staff, she said.
“He will be preparing a blind matrix to restrict us from having any idea who the applicants are,” Dunn said.
Ads ran in two regional newspapers and directed interested applicants to the borough website.
McGurk called the process of using a county Department of Community and Economic Development staffer fair for candidates and borough leaders.
“He's not going to play favorites,” McGurk said.
Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add Bobby Cherry to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
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.
- Quaker Valley official says test scores only fraction of story
- Tree decorating set in Glen Osborne, other events planned
- Photos: Quaker Valley performs version of ‘Peter Pan’ show
- Sewickley taxes going up
- Sewickley mom, dad thankful for ‘incredible’ support since son’s death
- Quaker Valley hires middle school chief for $108,500
- Stream alters theater blueprint in Sewickley
- Herald staffers share reasons for giving thanks
- Yuletide in Sewickley set to kick off with Small Business Saturday, Light Up Night
- Photos: Sewickley Academy stacks up
- Sewickley Herald archive goes digital