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Lower Swatara seeking manager again; Lynch is filling interim role but won't stay permanently

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 2/13/18

Lower Swatara Township is officially searching for a new manager — again.

The current interim manager, Frank Lynch, will not stay on permanently. He came on board in August and is the …

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Lower Swatara seeking manager again; Lynch is filling interim role but won't stay permanently

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Lower Swatara Township is officially searching for a new manager — again.

The current interim manager, Frank Lynch, will not stay on permanently. He came on board in August and is the sixth manager — including both interim and full-time — since 2011.

“I’ve been here to serve as a bridge between the former manager and the next manager. It’s been a rewarding time, but the search is now on,” Lynch said.

Lynch took the position after former manager Frank Williamson Jr. resigned in late July after holding the job for three months. Williamson, who previously served briefly as the township public safety director, said he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Lynch told the Press & Journal that it was “never an intention to be the permanent manager.”

He holds the role on a month-to-month basis, being paid $6,000 a month, and said he is happy to stay on until a new manager is hired.

An ad for the position was placed in the Patriot-News and on several websites last week.

Lynch said he didn’t want the disruption caused by a lack of continuity to continue for the township staff, which he called the “cream of the crop” who know their jobs well.

“Pay attention to details,” Lynch said when asked what advice he would give the next manager. He advised the next manager to have high expectations, but to let the staff do their jobs. “Be onsite. Be ready.”

Lynch, who is president of the Susquehanna Township Board of Commissioners, said he will concentrate more of his time on his work there as well as spend more time with his new grandson.

“We were kind of hoping that Frank might stick around,” Vice President Todd Truntz said at the Wednesday, Feb. 7 meeting of the commissioners.

“The other thing that delayed us, of course, is that we have two commissioners [coming] on board, and we didn’t want to start the process without them being fully on board. But now we’re full steam ahead for the manager search,” Truntz said.

Chris DeHart, a former township fire chief, and Ron Paul, a former longtime township manager, were elected to their seats in November’s general election, defeating incumbents Laddie Springer and Ben Hall.

Board President Jon Wilt told the Press & Journal that they had received several applications for the manager position when Lynch came on in August. While some of the candidates were good, Wilt said they wanted more time to get a larger pool of applications.

According to Lynch, the township already has received applications for the position. In several weeks, the board will form a committee to go through the applications and narrow the pool. Wilt said there wasn’t a hard deadline for applications, but he added that the board did not want the search to drag on forever.

Wilt commended Lynch’s knowledge and communication skills.

In an interview with the Press & Journal when he started in August, Lynch said he first became interested in local government after his father ran for Harrisburg mayor.

Lynch worked in several roles for Comcast and Suburban Cable. Additionally, Lynch worked at the Patriot-News, and as Gov. Robert P. Casey’s press secretary, and various other press secretary roles for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Before Lynch and Williamson, the manager position was held by Terry Kauffman, who worked for the Lancaster County-based ARRO Consulting and filled it in an interim role.

Prior to Kauffman, Anne Shambaugh held the job for 10 months before resigning. Sam Monticello was manager from February 2014 to December 2015. The position was vacant from April 2013 to February 2014 after Harry Krot resigned after serving from September 2011 to April 2013.