Latrobe votes to hire CPA, auditor as city manager
Latrobe City Council unanimously voted to hire Wayne Jones as city manager after four months with the leadership position vacant.
Mayor Rosie Wolford said after the meeting on Monday night that with budget discussions and an expiring labor contract right around the corner, Jones rose to the top among the 12 candidates who applied and six who were interviewed for the position. “We feel that Wayne was the best fit for us, but I was incredibly impressed with the caliber of candidates that we had,” she said.
Jones fills the job left by Alex Graziani, who is working as manager in Penn Township after he resigned in May.
Graziani had been city manager in Latrobe since August 2011 with a budgeted salary of about $81,000 for 2014.Barbara Buck, director of finance, said after the meeting that Jones' salary will be $60,000 with benefits.
She praised the work of city employees and department heads, who worked together during the manager's absence. “The employees gave a new meaning to the word teamwork, everybody knew what needed to be done and did it,” she said during the meeting.
Jones, 59, lives in South Huntingdon with his wife, Lori, and has two daughters, Allison, 15, and Jennifer, 26. Jones, who is a certified public account and certified internal auditor, also holds a two-year electronics engineering degree. He has previous experience as the Ross Township finance director and manager from 2006 to 2012, then as finance director and interim borough manager in Jefferson Hills in late 2013.
He worked for 3 1⁄2 years as finance director in Wilkinsburg, seven years in the financial office of Allegheny Power and 13 years at a manufacturing company. He was elected to a six-year term as a Sewickley Township supervisor before he lost in the Democratic primary in 2011.
Since 2012, Jones has managed A-J YukonInvest LLC, which manages rental properties and a wine shop in Sewickley Township.
Jones said he missed work in a governmental office and thought Latrobe offered a good opportunity.
“I think the operations are smooth, but we want to identify any issues to basically try and help the community grow,” he said. “I think it's well on its way to start.”
He said he hopes to build cooperation between Unity and the city.
“We're all in this battle together,” he said, adding that he hopes the two municipalities can complement each other.
Councilwoman Madalyn Smith said she was happy with the decision council made.
Jones begins in the position on Tuesday.
Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.