Baldwin Borough hires new municipal services manager
Randy Lubin strived to be the face of Scott Township as the longtime director of public services. He was there to answer residents’ questions and be a friendly face when they needed an answer.
As the new municipal services manager in Baldwin Borough, he hopes to continue that legacy.
“I want to be visible and approachable,” said Lubin, 59, who started in Baldwin on Sept. 3. “I want to make sure that they have a high level of service and maintain that level of service and if they have an issue that’s valid, that we get to a resolution that makes sense for everybody.”
Lubin, the father of two adult children, lives in Bethel Park with his wife, Lori.
Baldwin leaders were looking for a person that knew municipal government and had experience in management for the job that oversees public works, construction, sanitary and storm sewers and parks and recreation in the borough, manager Bob Firek said.
Lubin is filling a role last held by Firek, who started in Baldwin in 2017, and was promoted to borough manager in April.
Lubin was exactly what the borough was looking for for this role, Firek said.
“Randy fit that like a glove,” he said. “His experience was the guiding factor” as to why he stood out from the other eight applicants, Firek said.
Lubin, a Scott Township native, worked in the community for 39 years.
He started as a summer employee “basically throwing cinders off the back of a truck with a shovel,” he said, with a laugh.
He headed off to college to the University of Maryland where he started on the baseball team as a freshman. But, unfortunately, he got hurt and had to leave.
He returned to Scott as a seasonal employee and worked his way up to laborer/team leader, code enforcement and building inspector and compliance officer.
He left for 17 months to work as a salesperson/trainer for Kodak.
While he was away, Scott Township hired a new manager.
As she asked employees who handled various tasks, Lubin’s name repeatedly surfaced.
She asked: “Well, why’s he not here?” he said.
He was contacted by the township regarding a role as director of public services, which he started in October 2002 and held until he transitioned to Baldwin.
“I wore many hats,” Lubin said of the job where he oversaw public works, projects, parks, infrastructure and right-of-way acquisitions.
Some of the things he’s most proud of during his time in Scott include the new swimming pool that opened, where he coordinated contractors, suppliers and workers; and handled communications and scheduling.
He also helped with the township’s launching of Oktoberfest and was behind starting an e-waste program, where residents can bring their electronic waste once a year to discard.
He also prides himself on the fact that residents often would call Scott Township with praise for their snow removal in winter, saying, “You know when you’re in Scott, because the roads are clear,” he said.
During his time in Scott, he always tried to be there for the residents.
He was the guy who would stop by every lemonade stand in the township to show the kids that there is an official, friendly presence in the community if they ever need anything. And, of course, that came with talking to mom, dad or grandma about their needs in the community.
In Baldwin, he hopes to continue that and be a part of starting community-oriented programming.
Firek has made it a goal to bring back community day and said he would like to bring in an intern to start setting up more resident programming in the community.
He hopes to tap into Lubin’s expertise in the area.
Lubin also hopes to utilize his experience overseeing projects in Baldwin.
Coming to Baldwin, he said, “was the right move at the right time. There are a lot of things going on over here that I could make a difference in,” he said. “I’m community oriented.”