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Ligonier Township hires Carcella as manager

| Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, 11:15 p.m.
Ligonier Township's new township manager: Terry Carcella

Ligonier Township's new manager will begin work on Monday.

During a meeting Tuesday night, the supervisors voted to hire Terry Carcella, 59, of Unity under a two-year contract.

Attorney Michael Korns, serving in Solicitor Scott Avolio's absence, said Carcella's salary will be $61,000 a year with some benefits.

Supervisor Paul Knupp said Carcella is a “seasoned government administrator” with more than 21 years' experience. He cited some of Carcella's areas of expertise as zoning, code enforcement, land use, flood and hazard mitigation, grant-writing and union negotiations.

For 13 years, Carcella served as a zoning administrator, code enforcement officer and planner in Washington Township in Erie County, a home rule municipality with similarities to Ligonier Township in numerous areas such as size, land mass, roads, historic nature and school system, Carcella said.

He stepped away from municipal government after moving to Latrobe last year to be closer to his grandchildren. He worked as a field agent for the Knights of Columbus but decided to return to government service.

“Obviously there is a challenge here,” he said. “I look upon this as a challenge, and I think I could really make Ligonier not just a good place to live but a great place to live. That's one of my goals. We're going to have a lot of changes. There's going to be a lot of goals set. We're going to correct any mistakes we had in the past and move forward.”

During public comment, resident Maggie Nied inquired about whether former zoning officer Cynthia Angelo is collecting unemployment. Angelo was terminated in July 2013 after an audit by Deltron Management Consultants indicated Angelo — who had been hired as the interim secretary treasurer — had allegedly been operating an “Internet flea market” on her office computer, according to Komar. She had worked for the township for 16 years, and was earning approximately $37,000 a year.

Supervisor Tim Komar confirmed that Angelo collected a “lump sum” unemployment payment in April after several unemployment compensation hearings. He said the township “fought it very diligently,” but Angelo prevailed in the hearings. The township filed a motion for reconsideration, he said, but it was denied.

He was unsure of how much money Angelo received.

Angelo said Tuesday evening that she filed for unemployment following her termination and received compensation in April. She declined to disclose the amount she received or comment further on the matter.

The next meeting is 7 p.m. Sept. 9.

Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or nchynoweth@tribweb.com.

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