Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Council made the announcement this week, and will vote on the issue on Monday.
Dormont has hired a new borough manager, contingent on a vote by council at the July 2 meeting. Jeffrey Naftal has accepted an employment offer from the borough, and is expected to begin employment with the borough on July 2 after council makes an official vote. Naftal, who has worked as a municipal manager for more than 25 years, has extensive experience in finance, land use and economic development, Councilwoman Joan Hodson said. He also has supervised parks and recreation, public works and information technology departments. He has mainly worked in Florida and South Carolina. Naftal has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from George Washington University and a Master of Science in Public and Human Resource Management from St…
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Dormont received more than 20 applications for the borough manager position. It’s been narrowed down to six, and the list is getting shorter.
The list of candidates is narrowing, and Dormont should have a full-time, permanent borough manager by mid-July as expected. Council President Bill McCartney said Monday that 22 applications were received, and that number has been narrowed down to six. A second round of interviews for those applicants will be held June 12 and 13. “The candidates we’re talking to are local,” McCartney said. “Some are a little less than local, but they’re still in Western Pennsylvania.” The second round of interviews will reduce the number of applicants to about two, at which time extensive background checks and calls to references will be made. McCartney said the borough likely will hire an outside firm, as well as the borough’s police department, to assist…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Dormont Borough received 20 applications for the borough manager position, and interviews are expected to start soon.
Dormont Council President Bill McCartney said he hadn’t been able to guess how many resumes the borough might receive when it advertised the borough manager position. He said he now knows he shouldn’t have worried. Applications for the position closed Friday, and 20 were received. “Some people said we wouldn’t get many, but we got 20,” he said. “I’m pretty excited about that.” The advertisement was posted on the borough’s website through April, and also was advertised in a number of print publications throughout the area. Michael Foreman, a local government and policy specialist with the state Department of Community and Economic Development, is assisting the borough with the search. McCartney said Foreman has created a table that will …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Dormont Borough released the former borough manager’s employment contract on Tuesday.
Dormont Borough released the employment contract Tuesday for former borough manager Gino Rizza, and council President Bill McCartney offered an explanation for the terms of Rizza’s settlement agreement, which was released earlier this month. The employment contract is attached here as a PDF file. McCartney said that although there’s no record of the employment contract being discussed during a council meeting, council did approve the manager’s salary at a public meeting in 2009. Section III B of the employment contract states: In the 2010 and 2011 budgets, McCartney said, $75,000 was budgeted for the borough manager. However, Rizza was paid less than that amount, as shown by the 2011 adopted budget, available on the borough website's …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
In a special meeting Tuesday, Dormont Council filled two vacant borough positions.
During a special meeting Tuesday, Dormont Council filled two borough positions that have been vacant for longer than a month. The law firm Dodaro, Matta & Cambest was appointed as borough solicitor. Delta Development was hired as interim borough manager, subject to the solicitor’s review of an employment contract with the group. McCartney explained that the borough sent proposals to law firms in the South Hills Area Council of Governments (SHACOG). After reviewing and ranking the three firms that responded, McCartney said, council chose Dodaro, Matta & Cambest because the firm’s attorneys had municipal law experience in the areas beneficial to Dormont. Attorney John Rushford will be the main contact for the borough. “It seemed like a good …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Officials held a special, public meeting Wednesday to outline the process for hiring a new borough manager.
Dormont Council held a special meeting Wednesday night to form a plan for a statewide search for a new borough manager. Michael Foreman, a local government and policy specialist with the state Department of Community and Economic Development, discussed a preliminary timeline for advertising, interviewing and hiring someone to fill the position, which has been vacant since former borough manager Gino Rizza resigned in February. Council voted in February to appoint Foreman to assist with the process. Foreman is providing a service of the state, and the borough is not paying him for his services. Council President Bill McCartney said Foreman will provide unbiased guidance—not personal opinion—to council throughout the hiring process. “We’re …
Monday, February 27, 2012
The next two Dormont Council meetings will be held at the Dormont Recreation Center.
To accommodate larger crowds, the next two Dormont Council meetings will be held at the recreation center above Dormont pool. The agenda meeting is today, Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. and the business meeting is Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. The Dormont Recreation Center is located at 1801 Dormont Ave. A special meeting of council will be held Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. to finalize the job advertisement and process for finding a borough manager. The meeting is open to the public. The only agenda item is the advertisement and timeline of activities for finding a borough manager, but council President Bill McCartney said there likely also will be discussion about finding an interim manager. This meeting will be held in the council chambers in the…
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Mayor says Rizza has come to an agreement with borough council and was given the option to resign.
Dormont-Brookline Patch is addressing rumors from several sources that borough manager Gino Rizza has left his position with the borough. According to Dormont Mayor Tom Lloyd, Rizza came to an agreement with Dormont Council wherein he was given the option to resign. However, Lloyd said, he didn't know under what circumstances Rizza had left. Lloyd did confirm that Rizza will not attend Monday's council meeting. "I don’t know if he actually quit, but he came to an agreement," Lloyd said. "He was given the option to resign, but I don’t know if he actually sent a letter in or if there was something different." Rizza could not be reached for comment on Saturday.