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Penn Township hires public works director

| Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, 10:42 p.m.

Penn Township commissioners hired on Monday a man with 22 years experience in local government to fill the newly created job of public works director.

Scot E. Fodi, 44, last serving as township manager in Middlesex Township, Butler County, will earn $72,500.

He is projected to start Sept. 15.

Fodi's former duties as township manager included serving as public works director, said Alex Graziani, Penn Township manager. Fodi previously worked as a code enforcement officer in Pine Township, Allegheny County.

“Every other community around here pretty much has a public works director,” Commissioner Paul Wersing said.

Fodi will do short- and long-range road planning for the township, handle communications with the public over township roads and oversee capital improvements, among his duties, Graziani said.

Nineteen people applied to be public works director, township officials said.

Tom Lamacz will continue as public works foreman and handle day-to-day duties, Graziani said.

Fodi will serve a six-month probationary period.

Earlier, the commissioners passed an ordinance establishing the public works director position.

Fodi holds a master's in business administration from Robert Morris University and a bachelor's in local government management from Penn State University.

In another matter, the commissioners approved a resolution to have a school resource officer in the Penn-Trafford School District.

Chief John Otto explained the related officer costs about $100,000 for salary and benefits in a year.

The school district will pay $70,000 of that expense, while the township will contribute $30,000, he said.

About 180 of the 260 days the officer works will be devoted to the school, so the school district should contribute more, Otto said.

An officer will be in the high school five days per week.

“Law enforcement, counselor and educator will be the three things the officer will be doing,” the chief added.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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