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Friday, May 2, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Ford City Council is looking to hire a borough manager.

Council last week voted 5-0 to advertise to fill the job, but as of Thursday, that “help wanted” ad has yet to be placed as officials work to fully develop the position.

In 2006, the borough adopted an ordinance outlining the duties of a manager. Since then, there has been discussion but no action taken to hire what would be the borough's first full-time manager.

“We're still reviewing the ordinance to see if something needs to be amended,” said Councilwoman Vickie Schaub.

During a work session in April, council sought advice about hiring from Ed Knittel, senior director of education and sustainability from the Pennsylvania State Boroughs Association.

“A manager can oversee multiple departments, including codes, parks and recreation, the water plant, personnel issues and coordinating meetings with officials and developers,” Knittel said.

He said council would be able to delegate responsibilities to the manager. Of the state's 957 boroughs, about 350 employ managers, he said.

Knittel recommended council set a base annual salary of $35,000 to $45,000, depending on the experience of the candidate.

“The borough manager would be responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the borough and will be relied on to assist council,” Councilman Jerry Miklos said. “We're looking for the best possible person we can afford.”

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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