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Jeff Himler

Ligonier Township’s loss is Latrobe’s gain, as Roxanne Shadron is set to join the city staff Wednesday as the new director of finance and administration and city council secretary.

Shadron resigned as finance director for Ligonier Township to accept the job in nearby Latrobe. City Council approved her appointment by a 5-0 vote Monday, with Jim Kelley and Mayor Rosie Wolford absent.

“I plan to do my job to the best of my ability,” Shadron said in a phone interview. “It’s a better opportunity for me, career-wise.”

Shadron will earn an initial salary of $52,000. She succeeds Holly Peton, who was part of the city administrative staff from December 2017 through June 11, when Peton left for other employment.

Peton in May had been approved for a raise from $45,500 to $62,000, for taking on additional duties including budget preparation.

City manager Michael Gray said Latrobe will benefit from Shadron’s experience working at a township that, like the city, is served by a local police force.

“She’s going to be able to come in and assist with all the operations,” Gray said. “She does have a lot of experience relating to how government operates. It’s just a matter of her learning our operations, our filing system.”

Shadron worked at the township for nearly five years. She previously was an accounting clerk at Aestique, a plastic surgery center and medical spa in Unity, and was a manager for Ligonier-based Follow Your Customer.

She initially worked at Commercial National Bank for a decade, eventually serving as information technology manager.

Officer approved for charter school

In police matters, the city approved an agreement that will provide a school resource officer for the Dr. Robert Ketterer Charter School. The school is located on the main Latrobe campus of Adelphoi, an organization that provides treatment and education services for at-risk children.

Council also approved an amendment to its agreement with the police department’s collective bargaining unit pertaining to creation of the charter school position. Police Chief John Sleasman said he has a “gentleman’s agreement” in place with officers on how shifts will be handled to allow for the new post.

Latrobe also renewed its existing agreement providing a separate school resource officer for Greater Latrobe School District.

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