New Public Works Chief Sought in Chester Borough
Superintendent Bill Harm resigned in a letter to the council.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Mayor and Council of Chester Borough, the group took up the letter of resignation from Department of Public Works Superintendent Bill Harm and spoke about how they should go about replacing him.
Council President Gary Marshuetz said the resignation was an opportunity to revisit the job description and salary.
“I think we need to get into the practice when someone separates from us to look at the job description to make sure it is what we need. To see if things need to be added to it or not,” Marshuetz said.
Councilwoman Janet Hoven agreed and added an exit interview would be appropriate. Mayor Bob Davis said those were all good ideas to consider
Councilman Jim Robshaw wanted to get into the mechanics of replacing Harm.
“We need to figure some things out. We need to find out from the state what we need. Do we need someone with a superintendent’s license or not? Before we go about hiring we need to know what is required of us,” Robshaw said.
Marshuetz also added that the standard practice of posting the job was important, regardless of whether there was an internal candidate.
Robshaw also wanted to know who would be in charge if a new candidate wasn’t in place by the time Harm’s retirement took effect.
“I think I know the answer,” Robshaw said. “And I think [Administrator Valerie Egan] would look good in an orange jumpsuit.”
Egan told Robshaw that the suits are now green, and the council agreed to look into the requirements before moving forward with a search for a replacement.