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Newtown Officials Extend Offer To New Public Works Director

The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors unanimously approved to extend an offer to George Sharetts as the township's new public works director.

NEWTOWN SQUARE–An offer was extended to George Sharetts to act as Newtown Township's new public works director at the last supervisors meeting on Oct. 22.

"After the discussion we had in probably the last six months, and as you well know we issued a job request for a position description for a public works director," said Township Manager Mike Trio at last Monday's meeting. "After much delay, I'm ready to make a recommendation to the board to recommend George Sharetts."

According to Trio, Sharetts is a resident of Newtown Township and has been an employee with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 17 years. His title at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was director for the Office for General Services at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. His previous responsibilities including plant assistance within the Archdiocesan office center and for parochial and other entities within the Archidocese of Philadelphia network.

The announcement for a new public works director was made in February of this year with the following description, "This position reports directly to the township manager and is responsible for the management, administration, operations, and budgetary requirements of personnel, equipment, projects, and facilities. The successful candidate must be able to manage under emergency situations. A bachelor’s degree in public administration, engineering, business administration, or a related field is required. Salary will be commensurate with prior work experiences. An excellent benefit program is offered."

However, Trio said the new public works director will also act as the township's public information officer and an assistant to the township manager. 

Supervisors unanimously approved, 4-0, with Supervisors Vice Chairman Dr. Ross Lambert absent, to authorize Trio to extend an offer to Sharetts. According to Trio, the salary for the public works director was budgeted for $72,000.

"We will not exceed the budgeted amount," said Trio. "We were able to–over the last 10 months–not dip into that portion of the budget and we've been very efficient with personnel this year."

Patti Wilson November 01, 2012 at 06:19 PM
This seems to me to be an unusual choice for a pubic works director. It isn't clear what about Mr. Sharrett's work history provided at the meeting(he worked for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia doing plant assistance?). At the meeting, no specific information about Mr. Sharrett's educational qualifications were provided. Does he have the required degree in public administration, engineering, business adminstration or a related field? It doesn't look that way. I asked about the salary being offered and was only answered with the reponse that "We will not exceed the budgeted amount." Which I guess means that Newtown has offered $72,000 and a full benefits package to Mr. Sharretts without providing residents with a clear picture as to what specific qualifications Mr. Sharretts brings to Newtown Township. At the same meeting, I asked about the status of Chief Anderson--is he still on Administrative leave and being paid full salary/? Mr. Catania indicated that they would not provide this information. I wouldn't say that this means they have been very efficient with personnel this year? What do you think?
david jordon November 02, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Patti, Since you are so smart I assume you will be running for office next election? You always seem to have all the answers. I beleive I read in another article that Mr. Sharretts has BA in public admin? As far as Anderson goes, you are well aware that it's a personel issue at this point, therefore, they can't discuss it in public. Since your an expert in government, you are aware of that law and just trying to stir the pot. Find something to do with your life, please....
JT November 14, 2012 at 04:20 PM
david Chief Anderson has been asking for a public hearing for months and Newtown keeps putting it off. Leave the man have his day in court to clear his name. If the public works department has been running all of these months with existing staff, why do we need to add another "manager". Why is the preliminary budget so late and why is Larry getting a raise of $10 an hour to help Mike? Is the town soo short of money that they have to sell off the school to make ends meet since this had been a source of income each year from the rent payments.
Patti Wilson November 14, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Mr. Sharretts Linked in Profile makes no mention of his education--if you are in the know and have access to the resume Mr. Sharretts provided to apply for the Public Works Director job, please provide his educational credentials.
david jordon November 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM
JT If Anderson has been asking for hearings all this time, how do you know? It is not for public record, so I will assume you, like Patti, are making your "thoughts" facts through this blog. Until you know what is really going on hold off on your comments and wait till facts come out. Thanks...
Patti Wilson November 15, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Like the rest of the township residents, I would be interested in having the facts concerning Chief Anderson's administrative leave made public. If township residents are paying Chief Anderson's salary while he is on leave, this should be a matter for public record.
Larry November 19, 2012 at 01:55 PM
It is true that the Sunshine Law provides that information about personnel matters is not subject to disclosure. But, here Chief Anderson wants a public hearing so obviously it is the Supervisors who don't want to disclose why they are paying our Chief of Police to do nothing. How long can our Supervisors continue to pay our Chief of Police without our Supervisors justifying their actions?
Larry November 19, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Once again, our elected and hired Township officials can't function without Larry Fischer. Anyone else remember the old Larry as distinguished from the new Larry?
Shawn January 03, 2013 at 05:26 PM
FYI - Mr. Sharretts is a dedicated and reliable employee with plenty of experience in the area of public works. What I find interesting as always is how blogs become facts and the facts coming from peoplewith nothing more than too much time on their hands. Give the man the opportunity to be successful before publicly bashing him with your opinions (a.k.a your inability to MYOB)
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