Monroeville council accepts resignation of municipal manager, appoints interim manager
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At a special meeting for "general business purposes and personnel matters" Wednesday night, Monroeville council accepted the resignation of municipal manager Jeffrey Silka and appointed municipal secretary Lynette McKinney as interim manager.
This, after a bloc of Monroeville council members had given the municipal manager an ultimatum: Remove police Chief Doug Cole, or we'll remove you, according to documents obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The council approved a $67,592 severance package for Mr. Silka and a salary of $86,808 for Ms. McKinney. Ms. McKinney held the interim manager position last year after former manager Tim Little resigned in January 2012.
Several community members spoke against the approval of the severance package.
"Regardless of personal or political cabals and back-door dealings, it's a waste of taxpayer dollars in a time when not a penny can be wasted," Rich Lopiccolo said after the meeting. Mr. Lopiccolo is former deputy mayor of Monroeville and former Gateway school board president.
Councilwoman Lois Drumheller said the proceedings were "part of the political process," adding that she had hoped that all seven members of council would have been present at the meeting.
Council members Diane Allison, Bernhard Erb, Clarence Ramsey and Ms. Drumheller were present. Steve Duncan, Jim Johns and Nick Gresock were absent.
First Published January 30, 2013 9:48 pm