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New Monroeville hire to help field Right-to-Know requests

Dillon Carr
| Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 1:36 p.m.

Monroeville hired a part-time secretary and open records officer in late June to help fill Right-to-Know requests and substitute in secretarial positions when needed.

Michele Dusch, who currently works as manager/secretary for South Greensburg Borough, will start her new position with Monroeville on Aug. 1, for $18.69 per hour.

Municipal Manager Tim Little said she will fill in as a secretary for various municipal departments, including the front desk. She also will help Joe Sedlack, human resources director, fill RTK requests on an as-needed basis.

Dusch did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Officials said Dusch's position became necessary, in part, because they couldn't keep up with the deluge of RTK request coming from a single resident.

Monroeville records show that resident John Yakim of Monroeville submitted 41 percent of the 1,230 Right-to-Know requests the municipality has received since 2009. Requests hovered around 40 until 2012 when there were 129. Since then, the municipality has received an average of 169 per year, including 223 requests submitted last year alone.

Sedlack, who also serves as the open records officer, has said he dedicates up to an entire workday each week to fill requests.

Plum Borough receives an average of about 65 requests a year, according to officials. In Penn Hills, it's 25.

Little said some municipal secretaries plan to retire soon and Dusch will help with some of their duties.

Dusch became South Greensburg's secretary in early 2017 to replace the borough's longtime secretary, Dennis Lee Kunkle Jr., who was charged with stealing $166,000 in public funds from 2011-16.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325, dcarr@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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