Longtime Heidelberg manager leaving post, council begins search
For the first time in nine years, Heidelberg is in need of a new borough manager.
Joe Kauer, manager since 2005, informed council on Nov. 11 that he had accepted a similar position in Ambridge beginning Dec. 1.
Council will contact the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, which can offer help to find a new manager. The state agency assists municipalities in planning and community development for free.
“They know Heidelberg and the issues we are facing,” said Kauer. “It’s very professional as they keep the politics out of it and help find the best candidate out there.”
Heidelberg officials will choose the qualifications they want in their next manager. DCED then receives incoming resumes and identify candidates based on those recommendations before presenting them to council, without identifying names, he said.
Council will then learn more about the candidate when they arrive for an interview.
Kauer’s last full day will be Nov. 26, however, he will continue to work nights and take care of essential functions such as finances, payroll and prepare council agendas for the Heidelberg office until Dec. 19 while using his benefits.
He called the new job a professional move.
“It’s a bigger municipality that I believe I can learn and grow more professionally at,” he said.
Ambridge has a population of 7,050 with a $4.1 million budget compared to Heidelberg’s 1,300 residents and $1.3 million budget.
With the new job comes a salary of about $60,000, about $15,000 more than his current salary, Kauer said.
Council ended a Nov. 18 meeting applauding Kauer for his work.
There is no timetable for a replacement.
Alex Felser is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5810 or [email protected].