Spring Garden hires first woman to run township
- Gender doesn’t make a difference, manager Marcy Krum-Tinsley said, adding she’s honored to be the new face of Spring Garden Township.
- Krum-Tinsley is a handler in her spare time, and she archery hunts with her dad.
It’s only July, but Spring Garden Township’s new manager wants to tackle her learning curve now so she’s ready to help residents and staff when it snows.
Marcy Krum-Tinsley, 42, of Seven Valleys, is the first woman to run operations at the first-class township. Commissioners unanimously approved her hire at their regular July meeting.
Her first day on the job was July 16.
“I know a lot of female municipal managers, and I know a lot of male municipal managers,” Krum-Tinsley said. “Both genders do a fantastic job dealing with administration, public works, police, unions — just the gamut of things.”
Gender doesn’t make a difference, she said, adding she’s honored to be the new face of Spring Garden Township.
Greg Maust, who retired to spend time with his family, for 15 years executed commissioners’ decisions and guided township staff before Krum-Tinsley. His last day was June 30, and his ending salary was $135,460.
Krum-Tinsley will earn a starting salary of $100,000, commission President Tom Warman confirmed.
Spring Garden has “had good quality leadership” and he doesn’t see that changing, Warman continued.
“Marcy has a good working knowledge of Pennsylvania municipal government,” Warman said. “She can take over right away.”
Her roughly 20-year local government career began when she worked as a planner for C.S. Davidson. She later worked as a Dallastown Borough zoning officer and as a zoning officer and planner for Conewago Township, Adams County.
Eventually Krum-Tinsley became the assistant manager, prior to her appointment to Conewago Township manager, she said.
For the past three years, she worked in the private sector as a transportation planner in Harrisburg at Michael Baker International, she said.
Commission Vice President Michael Thomas said he’s excited to welcome Krum-Tinsley. He described her as “strong, effective, approachable, knowledgeable and a good fit to the personality of the township.”
“Having a fresh perspective and a new set of eyes that can draw from her experience in other municipalities will be good for the township,” Thomas said. “Also, I believe her demeanor and energy will go a long way in creating a well-run and effective township operation. She outlined a sound strategy during the interview process, and every point would be a valuable improvement for Spring Garden Township.”
Her plan is to bring the township office into the 21st century digitally, she said, explaining that she would like documents to be more easily accessed and more organized for record-keeping.
Krum-Tinsley's big issue, she said, is “figuring out how to increase business participation in the municipality.” Business-friendly ordinances are vital, she explained.
“You can’t support municipal services on a residential tax base alone," she said.
In her spare time, Krum-Tinsley is a dog handler, and she bow hunts with her father.
A local chapter member of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association, a nonprofit that "fosters, improves, promotes and protects the versatile hunting dog," Krum-Tinsley owns Keisel, a Deutsch Drahthaar that is field-trained, and Odinn, a German wirehaired pointer and retired DockDog.