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After several years without one, Pottstown has a new assistant borough manager — although she has a familiar face.
Erica Weekley, who has spent the last several years as Pottstown’s grants administrator, was the person newly-minted Borough Manager Mark Flanders chose for the post.
He made the announcement during the Dec. 10 council meeting.
And those are not the only changes either already implemented or in the works at borough hall.
Several other positions are being changed, as are several departments and several salaries.
Flanders said although Weekley’s salary will be $65,000 a year, that is $35,000 less than the previous assistant borough manager salary and is also partially offset by the elimination of the “projects coordinator” position, a part-time post now held by Robert Evans that paid $48,800 in 2012.
Weekley’s salary will be further offset by the fact that her replacement will have fewer duties, mostly managing the requirements of grants already obtained, and doing some work at the reception desk.
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As a result, Flanders explained, that salary line will be lower in the 2013 budget.
Also being changed are the circumstances of Sandi Chieffo who, while being in charge of human resources for years, did so as part of the borough manager’s administrative hierarchy and budget.
Flanders said Human Resources will become it’s own stand-alone department and, as the head of that department, Chieffo will see her salary rise by $11,300 from $63,700 to $75,000.
Also becoming a department head will be Brent Wagner, whose salary as Utilities Director will increase by $3,700, from $71,300 to $75,000.
That’s a result of a change in the way maintenance and repairs at both the water and sewer treatment plants will be conducted, said Flanders.
“It never made much sense to me that we have mechanics and electricians at the water plant and at the sewer plant, and while the guys at one plant may be doing very little, the guys at the other are working like crazy to fix something or get a big project done,” Flanders said.
Wagner, who currently oversees operations at both plants, will be in charge of this department.
Flanders also said he is spreading out the supervisory work at both plants, ensuring there is a supervisor working during each of the two shifts each plant runs, something that was not previously done.
There are no planned changes at the Public Works or Parks and Recreation departments, Flanders said.
As for the Code Enforcement; the borough’s engineering firm — Remington, Vernick and Beach — is currently conducting an extensive review of that department and Flanders said he plans no changes until the firm issues its recommendations.
The idea behind these changes, said Flanders, who also holds the post of police chief until April, is to make borough operations more efficient.
Overall, Flanders said, the financial impact of these changes on the budget’s general fund is “not significant.”