Harrison brings on interim manager at $100 per hour

September 23, 2018

Harrison is paying a consultant $100 an hour to help the township bridge the gap between the departure of its longtime executive secretary and the hiring of its first manager.

Township commissioners this week hired Richard Hadley, a municipal services consultant with the Downtown Pittsburgh-based firm Public Partners, to serve as interim manager for up to 20 hours a week. He started working Aug. 22.

Harrison previously retained Public Partners to help conduct the township’s search for a permanent full-time manager at a cost of $5,000.

Commissioners Chairman Bill Heasley said he thought Heasley’s rate of pay seemed excessive, but Public Partners told commissioners it was “commonplace” in other areas.

“We had complete faith in them,” Heasley said of the firm.

An interim manager is needed because executive secretary Faith Payne is retiring Friday. She has worked for the township since 1971 and been its secretary for 42 years.

“I really don’t have any plans,” Payne said after Monday’s commissioners meeting, during which she was presented with a plaque honoring her decades of service.

Hadley was Reserve’s manager for eight years and then executive director for the Allegheny League of Municipalities for five years before retiring in 2015. He is now chairman of the Cranberry supervisors in addition to his consulting role with Public Partners.

Hadley is expected to work about 2.5 days per week for a short period of time, Heasley said. He expects a permanent manager to start working in late October.

Harrison received 10 applications for the position. Following interviews, the field of candidates has been reduced to three, Heasley said.

Heasley said bringing on a township manager was based on a desire for more administrative control.

″(Payne) didn’t have the control over the other departments,” Heasley said, noting that commissioners oversee departments such as public safety and public works.

“This way, when you get a township manager, that person will be able to oversee those departments on a day-to-day basis,” Heasley said.

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