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By Kyle Lawson
Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, 10:54 p.m.

A former Monroeville manager is back on the job, for now.

Council voted 7-0 to appoint Tim Little as the interim manager on Monday night and keep off the job the current manager, Lynette McKinney, just minutes after four new council members were sworn into office.

“I was elated that (council) approached me,” Little said. “Monroeville is my home, and it's my livelihood to be a municipal manager. What better place to practice it than here?”

Little resigned as manager in 2012 amid pressure from four council members. The same four members were off council effective Jan. 1.

McKinney already was off the job as a result of a suspension last month. A longtime municipal employee, she ascended to the position in 2013 and is paid about $89,000 annually.

“This past election, the voters of Monroeville demanded change,” Councilman Steve Duncan said of the personnel changes.

McKinney could not be reached for comment on Monday night. She is suspended with pay for the next 30 days, pursuant to the borough's home-rule charter, solicitor Bruce Dice said.

If after 30 days a majority of council maintains its position, her employment would end, he said.

Among the 14 reasons for the supension, according to Dice: McKinney failed to conduct evaluations of department heads; failed to provide information about an internal investigation of the computer dispatch system to three members of council; and, McKinney canceled a June 7 arbitration hearing, which cost the municipality $1,400.

Residents who supported McKinney in 2013 argued that she took the correct steps in addressing a privacy violation; was proactive in hiring police officers; and proposed a balanced 2014 budget without service cuts or a tax increase.

Dice said that if McKinney is terminated with cause, she would not be entitled to severance pay.

McKinney's contract states that she would receive about $45,000 in severance pay if she is fired for “whatever reason.”

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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