Penn Township under the state of Pennsylvania’s First Class Township Code has divided the duties of managing the business of the township into several positions authorized by the First Class Township Code. The township has hired a manager, finance director, community development director and staff, a police chief and officers, and public works director. The township has also contracted to work with an engineering company and a township solicitor. The positions and details on their duties as well as the people currently performing those positions and their contact information is listed on this page.
The Township Manager is responsible for managing all of the daily operations of the township and for supervising all of the other township departments, unless statutes say otherwise. Other tasks include reviewing employment applications, recommends employee discipline and discharge, and employs experts and consultants as needed. He prepares and administers the township’s budget, develops the township’s long-range fiscal plan, and makes the township’s purchases. He keeps the board of commissioners informed about the township’s affairs, prepares their meeting agendas, and makes recommendations. He maintains the township’s records including the maps of utility lines and properties and the inventory of township property and equipment.
Director of Finance – Mary Perez
Phone: 724-744-2171 – ext. 202
Mary Perez as the Township Director of Finance performs a variety of routine and complex administrative level tasks related to the accounting duties of the township, including but not limited to: preparation of vouchers and daily deposits, assignment of budget account numbers, payroll preparation including quarterly and end of year tax reports, posting of accounts payable for general ledgers, analysis of preliminary trial balances, preparation of monthly financial statements, assists the township manager with the preparation of the annual budget, and pursues collection of delinquent accounts.
Township Engineer – Gibson-Thomas Engineering
Gibson-Thomas, Township Engineer, evaluates all subdivision and site plans to determine compliance with municipal regulations. They perform construction inspections of roads, sewers, buildings, stormwater management and other projects, as directed by the township manager. They develop plans for road maintenance and building projects and investigate any technical problems that may arise.
Township Solicitor – Michael T. Korns of Maiello Brungo & Maiello, LLP
The Township Solicitor handles the township’s legal affairs, including preparing bonds, contracts, leases, and other legal documents for the township. He defends all actions or suits against the township or any of its officers. He advises the township and the board of commissioners on legal matters.
Public Works Director – Vacant
Phone: 724-863-5710 ext. 1
The Public Works Director is responsible for administering and overseeing all Public Works activities, including managing personnel in the implementation of programs related to road paving and repair, snow removal, maintenance and installation of stormwater infrastructure, and grooming and managing of existing township projects and properties as directed by the township commissioners.
Public Works Foreman – Thomas Lamacz
Phone: 724-863-5710 ext. 2
Thomas Lamacz is Public Works Foreman for Penn Township’s Road Department. Public Works is responsible for the maintenance and snow removal of the township’s 90 miles of roads. The department is also responsible for maintenance of township properties.
Sewage Authority Manager – Stan Caroline
Stan Caroline manages the Penn Township Sewage Authority (PTSA), which was Incorporated in 1956 as an Authority under the Municipal Authorities Act. The Sewage Authority operates independently of the Penn Township Commissioners, however the members of the Sewage Authority Board are appointed by the Penn Township Board of Commissioners for five (5) year terms. It is empowered to establish rates, plan, construct and fund projects related to providing municipal sewer service to the residents of Penn Township. http://www.ptsewage.org/
Berkheimer Tax Administrator
Berkheimer collects the Earned Income (1% wage tax).
Community Development Director – Bill Roberts
Phone: 724-744-2171 – ext. 207
Bill Roberts is the Director of Penn Township’s Community Development Department. He supervises and coordinates building code enforcement, zoning, sewage enforcement, and all types and phases of development within the township.
Chief Building Inspector/Zoning Officer – Mike Stack
Mike Stack is the Building Inspector for the Community Development Department. In this role, he issues permits for new homes, additions, sheds, pools, and other structures. He also enforces the township’s zoning ordinances.
Community Development Technician – Mark Cypher
Mark Cypher, the Community Development Technician, performs inspections of construction sites involving land disturbance and excavation. He also assists with zoning issues and residential building inspections, as well as issuing most non-building municipal permits.