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Pleasant Hills hires new manager

| Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

Pleasant Hills’ new borough manager Kelly Theiss plans to use her years of experience in finance as she takes on a role in her “home community.”

Theiss, 38, of Jefferson Hills was hired Nov. 19 by Pleasant Hills council. She will assume the role as borough manager on Dec. 1, at a salary of $72,000.

“Pleasant Hills is basically hometown,” said Theiss, who has lived in Jefferson Hills for 12 years and has two boys who attend the West Jefferson Hills School District. “When the opportunity presented itself, I thought it was a great experience and I could branch out.”

Theiss, who has worked for six years as the assistant borough/office assistant manager in West Mifflin Borough, will fill the position vacated by longtime Pleasant Hills manager Deborah Englert. Englert, who served as borough manager for 23 years, retired June 30.

“We’re very excited to have her,” council President Dan Soltesz said.

Former Collier manager Sal Sirabella served as interim borough manager from June to Nov. 12.

Pleasant Hills on Nov. 19 appointed James Rush, the borough’s code enforcement officer, to fill in as interim borough manager, retroactive to Nov. 12. He will serve until Theiss’ start.

The state Department of Community & Economic Development’s Governor’s Center for Local Government Services assisted with the hiring process.

There were 65 applicants for the job, Soltesz said.

“We were just very impressed with her background both in the private and public sectors,” Soltesz said.

Theiss has a “collaborative style” of managing, which Soltesz said borough leaders thought would be a great fit for the community.

Living in nearby Jefferson Hills and working in West Mifflin has afforded her knowledge of the issues in the area, Soltesz said.

Theiss has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in business administration, both from Point Park University.

In West Mifflin, she oversaw finances.

She plans to use that experience in Pleasant Hills, where she will craft a roughly $7 million annual budget.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity and to make an impact in my home community,” she said.

Stephanie Hacke is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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