After more than ten years as Lawrence Township Manager, Richard Krawczun, will retire May 1st. In the past 25 years, there have only been two managers. “It’s a sign of stability in the community,” said Mr. Krawczun.
Besides wearing the hat of Township Manager, he also wears the hats of a Director of Public Safety, Chief Financial Officer, and Director of Community Development. In the weeks and months to come, the town council will need to examine all of his roles to determine if they should be searching for more than one person to fill his shoes, or hats.
Among the many duties, Krawczun is responsible for supervising all town departments, appointing and removing department directors and employees, handling negotiations with seven labor unions, managing contracts with outside vendors and shared service agreements, preparing and presenting a recommended municipal budget, overseeing the police, fire safety, emergency management, and emergency medical services departments, supervising the construction, engineering, planning, affordable housing, and fire safety departments, and considering projects for grant funding.
“I don’t know if we’re going to get someone who will replicate our current manager in every aspect. We may end up having two people,” said Township Attorney David Roskos at last night’s town council meeting.
Whether the town council will handle the search on its own or utilize a search firm is unknown. The first step will be determining the number of positions they will be looking for and the duties assigned to each position.
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