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Spring Garden seeking new township manager
For 15 years, Spring Garden Township manager Greg Maust has been executing commissioners’ decisions.
He touts his record of creating stable budgets while also meeting the needs of residents as his greatest accomplishments.
“Despite the ever-increasing cost of doing business because of things like collective bargaining agreements with annual wage increases, increasing health insurance premiums and the rising cost to maintain our infrastructure, we have seen only two tax increases during my 15 years of serving as manager," Maust said.
"I think that Spring Garden Township is in its strongest financial position since I joined the township 15 years ago,” he added.
Maust announced his retirement in October 2017, and his last day will be June 30, 2018.
The Penn State graduate joined the township after 33 years of consulting engineering. Already having an established relationship with the township as an engineer, Maust decided to apply when the township manager job became available, he said.
Maust’s experience will be utilized to help commissioners hire his successor, said board Vice President Mike Thomas.
“Greg brought some unique talents to the township, which have been very valuable,” he said.
Thomas explained that commissioners have a “very concise” job description, which Maust helped to craft, to pass along to the recruiter.
Commissioners unanimously approved spending up to $26,000, and any additional expenses, to hire Colin Baenziger & Associates, based in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, to perform an executive search. The township budgeted $50,000 to find its next manager, Thomas said.
According to the 2018 annual budget, Maust's ending salary is $135,460.
“A municipal manager carries out policy as established by the elected officials, and while the manager is responsible to the board of elected officials, the manager does not cast a vote in making formal actions or setting township policy,” Maust said.
“Many residents don’t understand this, and the manager can be unfairly singled out at times," he added. "It is an ongoing educational process to inform the public of how municipal services are provided and their financial impact that affects township residents.”
Thomas said an executive search isn’t something the board can handle on its own.
“What we quickly learned was this is a very specialized industry,” he said. “Typically, these search firms are looking for nonprofit executives and municipal executives."
Commissioner John Luciani said he preferred Colin Baenziger & Associates because their proposal offers a “guarantee” to find someone.
“Sometimes you go through the process, and it doesn’t work out,” Luciani said.
Resumes that have already been submitted will be passed along to the firm, board President Tom Warman said.
As for Maust, he said he’s going to take a “brief break” to be involved in his grandchildren's activities and to spend time with his family.
“I have the desire to stay involved as a continued working professional,” Maust said. “With over 30 years of consulting engineering experience, coupled with 15 years of serving as a municipal manager, I am optimistic that there will be continued career opportunities for me.”