NEW MAN ON THE JOB: VOLL BECOMES MANAGER IN LOWER

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Crowd at Lower's meeting on Monday

The process was questioned. The candidate was suprising to many. But Mike Voll is the new manager in Lower Township. Council voted 4-1 to make Voll the manager, with Mayor Mike Beck voting no. However, under a current salary ordinance, he can make $35,000 maximum. Kathy McPherson is the manager and personnel director. Voll would not be taking the personnel director title, which is going to go unfilled. A member of the public brought up the fact that the township can only hire a manager at a maximum of $35,000. Deputy Mayor Kevin Lare negogiated a deal with Voll to make $85,000, with a yearly increase of $7,500. Voll wouldn’t particiate in the benefits package of Lower, due to his already receiving benefits from his time in government in Middle Township.  Beck along with members of the public questioned the process, saying the town has moved very quickly from posting an ad to making a hire. He felt a discussion should have been held behind closed doors.

Beck also voted no on the appointment of Michael Donohue as the new solicitor in the town. Donohue is the head of the Republican Party in the county and some at the meeting suggested that politics was a play, because Republicans control council. This vote was approved on a 4-1 margin as well.

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