Crescent Manager Resigns, Commissioners to Advertise Position

The board also plans to explore options to hire an interim manager.

Commissioners meet to conduct monthly business. Credit: Larissa Dudkiewicz
Commissioners meet to conduct monthly business. Credit: Larissa Dudkiewicz

Crescent Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday night to accept the resignation of its Secretary and Manager Patience Eckhardt.

Eckhardt tendered her resignation as of Wednesday, July 9, but commissioners offered no comment on the matter, referring all questions to Solicitor Richard Start. 

Earlier this year, Pittsburgh-based attorney Charles Steele, who is representing Eckhardt, filed an intake form—a preliminary step—with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of Eckhardt regarding a "hostile work environment claim." 

Mediation involving the complaint took place this week and a settlement was reached, but according to Start, documents have not yet been finalized.

Commissioners unanimously approved an advertisement to fill the open manager position.

The board also approved a motion to explore its hiring options in the interim to provide assistant secretary Kellie Crago with some help. 

Bill Cook, commissioners president, said there are three companies that offer temporary services and officials will examine the costs to try and get someone in as soon as possible. 

Commissioners also accepted the resignations of part-time patrolmen Brian Brooks and Antonino Balsamo.


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Hope July 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Larissa, I hope you follow up on this story. The taxpayers would be interested to know who were the "hostile supervisors". Also, how much money did this cost the taxpayers? Attorney fees, settlement amount, etc. It is just so sad, to lose yet another good employee. Some of these folks need to be removed and the sooner, the better.
Anne Anderson July 12, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Isn't it obvious? Look at the Township Secretary/Manager turnover, lawsuits, and unionization since January 2004.


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