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Mt. Pleasant Borough manager resigns

| Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Mt. Pleasant Borough Council will again be looking to fill the recently created borough manager position.

Just short of 10 months on the position created in 2004, Angelo Pallone submitted his resignation to council Monday.

Pallone will leave the borough position April 1 for a better-paying position at Duct Mate Industries in Charleroi, where he will do cost accounting.

"Economically, it was a move that I couldn't refuse," said Pallone said. "But it was a challenge and an honor to work with the borough."

Council President Peggy Mullen said Pallone did the best job he could for the borough under many different circumstances.

"This was the first experience for all of us concerning the borough manager position," Mullen said. "We've learned a lot."

She does not think council will have any trouble finding a replacement, which members hope to advertise for in the next few days.

"I think that this time we'll have a better idea about what we need to look for in a person," Mullen said.

Interested individuals should submit a resume to the borough no later than 4 p.m. April 8.

Until a replacement can be found, the borough will hire temporary employees to fill the void.

Although Pallone served on Scottdale Borough Council before he was hired as the Mt. Pleasant borough manager, he said yesterday that he learned a lot while in the position, including the specifics of the Pennsylvania Borough Code, local ordinances, grant programs and everyday situations involving residents.

"Dealing with the public brings a lot of good and bad situations," Pallone said. "But overall, I was fair and treated everyone the same. In this position, it's very important to be fair and consistent."

He recommended to council that the new manager have a little bit of experience with borough matters.

"Whoever fills the position will have to be ready to work with council now, and then be prepared to work with a different council after this year's elections," Pallone said. "They will also have to be able to adapt quickly to a small-town situation and learn the (Pennsylvania) borough code."

Councilwoman Bonnie Barber was happy with Pallone's work.

"He was a good manager," she said. "He did a lot for this borough."

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