Friday, January 11, 2008

Ross Commissioners nearly oust township manager...

Ross Township Commissioners came close to ousting Tom Lavorini as township manager by a 5-4 vote.

From the Post-Gazette:

Commissioners Dan Kinross, Grant Montgomery, David Mikec, Gerald O'Brien and Pete Ferraro voted in favor of keeping Mr. Lavorini.

Commissioners Chris Eyster, Daniel DeMarco, Lana Mazur and Grace Stanko voted against retaining him.

Mr. Eyster described Mr. Lavorini as an administrator who "solves a lot of problems that are created by his own doing."

He said the manager gave the commissioners poor advice during labor negotiations with township police that resulted in an expensive arbitration settlement. Mr. Lavorini also failed to cooperate with commissioners seeking to trim expenses during budget preparation, Mr. Eyster said.

After covering Ross Township for more than four years while this Tattler was working for my former employer, this has been a longtime coming. Lavorini is hard to deal with compared to other local managers and frankly, Ross Township could do better.

He made a few mistakes within the last year and if I was a Ross leader, this Tattler would NOT have voted to keep Lavorini around. This was not the first time a vote to keep Lavorini was a close one.

Hopefully he can change and represent Ross Township in a more fruitful way.

Working to keep you posted...

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