Latrobe seeks new city manager, public works head as Michael Gray resigns |
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Jeff Himler

Latrobe is seeking applicants for two positions — city manager and public works director — as the man who holds both titles has tendered his resignation.

Michael Gray said he submitted his resignation Monday for personal reasons. City council is expected to act on the resignation Tuesday , with Gray’s last day of work with the city set for Oct. 18.

“I don’t have any plans,” Gray said. “For personal reasons, it was time to move on.”

He said his time working for the city, since 2015, “has been a great learning experience. I couldn’t ask for better support.

“I’m still going to work with the city during this transition period.”

Gray said city officials were trying to determine how to fill the administrative gap until a new manager and director are hired.

Mayor Rosie Wolford said it came as a surprise when Gray told her Friday of his intent to resign.

“It’s disappointing,” she said. “Mike has been doing a great job, but everybody has to do what is in the best interest of themselves and their family.

“I respect his decision, and we’ll move forward.”

Gray was named city manager in May, after holding down the position on an interim basis since the abrupt March resignation of his predecessor, Wayne Jones.

Wolford said she wants the city to proceed as quickly as possible to advertise for and interview applicants for city manager and public works director.

While longtime employee Clair Fink was promoted in June from mechanic and crew leader to the new position of working foreman of the public works department, Wolford noted council still hasn’t hired a replacement for Gray as public works director. That’s something city officials have wanted to do by January.

Gray worked as a public works mechanic at Ligonier Borough before joining the Latrobe street department in 2015. He was promoted to public works director the following year.

Council voted unanimously on May 13 to keep Gray on as city manager, after dispensing with an initial plan to seek applicants from outside the city staff.

Now, with two positions to fill, “the personnel committee needs to sit down and talk about how we go forward,” Wolford said. “A lot is going to depend on the applicant pool we get.”

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