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Baldwin Borough manager stepping down

| Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, 3:18 p.m.

Baldwin Borough Manager John Barrett is heading to South Fayette to serve as township manager starting Jan. 2.

In the meantime, Barrett, 45, of Upper St. Clair, has a checklist of things he plans to complete before leaving the community he’s served for eight years.

“I want to set this place up so it continues the pattern of success,” he said.

Barrett will work his last day in Baldwin on Dec. 31. He will earn a starting salary in South Fayette of $123,000, with a six-month satisfactory bump to $130,000.

Barrett called his time in Baldwin “a whirlwind.”

“We’ve made a lot of ground,” he said. “There’s really a lot of tangible projects that you can point your finger to that we’ve completed.”

They include the installation of the equalization tank in Colewood Park, the Baldwin library finally getting its own home at Leland Center and park upgrades at Elm Leaf, he said.

Barrett also said the borough is “sound financially,” the police department is accredited and public works is “taking off.”

Council Vice President Marianne Conley said borough council members are “shocked” by Barrett leaving.

“He’s been a very strong manager for us. He really has kept us first class,” she said. “He turned this borough around. He has a wealth of knowledge. He has great people skills.”

Council members planned to start talking this week about how to move forward with filling the open role.

Barrett’s leave comes at a time when borough leaders are in the middle of the hiring process for a community development and compliance officer and new police chief.

“We’re close to making a decision,” Conley said about both openings.

Code enforcement officer/building inspector Anthony Asciolla left a month ago.

The title of the job was changed to community development and compliance officer, Barrett said. About 20 people applied for the job, and first round interviews were completed last week.

Barrett said a person could be hired for the job in November and start in December.

Ten-year police Chief Michael Scott announced he plans to retire at the end of January.

First-round interviews of the 12 candidates for his replacement were conducted in October, he said.

Barrett said he recommends appointing someone internally to fill the borough manager job for the short-term. He will spend the next two months catching everyone up on projects and details they might need in the future.

Stephanie Hacke is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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