North York council members had to reconvene an already adjourned meeting to discuss and vote on hiring a manager.

The council unanimously voted Tuesday to offer the part-time manager position to a man they would not name during the reopened session.

He does not live in the borough, and he has financial and municipal experience, said Richard Shank, the council's vice president.

If hired, he also would do secretarial work, as the borough does not have a secretary.

The council's vote means the borough will perform background checks, inform the potential employee of the terms for employment and negotiate the salary, Shank said.

Position details: The borough has $25,500 budgeted for the manager position, Shank said.

However, Vivian Amspacher, the council's president, said the borough could be looking at a "ballpark" salary in the $18,000 range.

"I'm not sure what it (the salary) would be," she added.

No benefits would come with the position, and the new manager would work eight hours, three days a week, Shank said.

Both he and Amspacher said they are not sure how long the hiring process would take, as the candidate still has to decide whether to accept the employment terms and the results of the salary negotiations.

"We can't say now who the person is," Shank said. "We're not sure he's going to take (the position)."

The borough had recently offered the position to Jennifer Risser; however, Shank said she turned it down.


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Meeting, again: During the meeting, council members went into a 10-minute executive session to discuss a personnel issue. They returned and continued the remainder of their meeting, which included discussions and votes on agenda items and hearing public comments. Then the meeting was adjourned.

However, when a York Dispatch reporter asked about the council's plans for the manager position, Amspacher realized the council had forgotten to deal with the matter during the public meeting.

She and Shank said during the executive session, council members had decided to inform the public about the manager employment process and to conduct a vote on the matter.

Amspacher called council members and attendees back to their seats and reopened the meeting.

Manager issue: The council is trying to replace former manager Kevin Hevner, who was terminated in June.

He is one of five former borough employees suing the borough for a combined $950,000 for severance pay they claim they are owed after each was terminated. The lawsuits claim the former employees each signed an employee agreement with the borough that states each is to receive a severance package of three years' pay and benefits.

The borough also has been without a secretary since August. Council members have been filling in at both the secretary and manager positions.

Council members recently appointed Jerry Duncan as the borough's new mayor.

Duncan, 60, replaced longtime mayor Kenneth Staab, who died of brain cancer at age 67 on Feb. 18.

— Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.