East Cocalico hires interim manager

By on August 7, 2019

East Cocalico Township board of supervisors ended their search for a new township manager, at least for now.

At the board’s Aug. 1 meeting, the board voted to approve Penny C. Pollick as interim manager, replacing the outgoing Scott Russell. Russell’s last day is Aug. 28.

Pollick is employed by the Harrisburg law firm of McNees, Wallace and Nurick where she has worked as a Continuing Disclosure Specialist for the about two years. Prior to that Pollick spent 10 years as the manager of South Hanover Township in Dauphin County.

While manager in South Hanover she worked with various Federal, state and local government entities and guided the township through two catastrophic floods.

“I dealt with a whole vast array of different scenarios at that township,” she said. “We built municipal complexes and dealt with major floods. I’ve dealt with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), PEMA (Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency) and the EPA.”

Pollick foresees no special challenges as she steps into her new, albeit temporary, position.
“I’ll be able to come up to speed with a lot of things because many of them are familiar to me,” she said. “Just the names and the dollar amounts have changed. The processes are all the same, so I’m very comfortable here.”

Pollick will continue working with Russell as well as other township personnel. The only thing new for her is that East Cocalico has its own police department. South Hanover relied on state police coverage.
“They’ve got a great team of people here, so I’m excited about that,” she said. “It’ll be fun.”

Among Pollick’s duties will be to help East Cocalico develop its 2020 municipal budget by the end of this year. Pollick will also be expected to perform all the duties of a township manager in conducting the township’s business which includes attending meetings.

One of her principle duties will be to help the township in its search for a permanent township manager.
“We’re looking for the right candidate,” Pollick said. “You need a well rounded person who knows many, many things. It’s not necessary that they be an expert on municipal issues but they’ll certainly have to know about them.”

There is no specific timeline on when that replacement will be hired.

“We’ll have a first resume opening on such-and-such a date, but we won’t fill the position until the right person comes along,” she asserted.

For Pollick, who resides in the Hershey area, her work week will consist of 40 hours in non-meeting weeks and 45 hours in meeting weeks for which the township will be paying $60 per hour. At the Aug. 1 meeting, Russell asked the board to consider additional hours so Pollick could be a technical advisor to the Stoney Pointe Park group as they plan a new playground.

Pollick’s seven day orientation will begin Aug. 19.

Larry Alexander is a freelance columnist for The Ephrata Review. He is an award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author. He can be contacted at larry2851@yahoo.com.

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