Looking Near, Not Far, For A Town Manager U. Southampton Found Its Choice Just A Few Towns Away. Joseph Golden, Officials Say, Has Experience They Need.

Posted: August 07, 2000

When Upper Southampton and its former township manager parted ways, the supervisors made it clear that they wanted the successor to be a Pennsylvanian - a manager whose knowledge of local township law was unquestionable.

They found him just a few townships away.

Joseph Golden, Middletown Township's director of community affairs, is Upper Southampton's new township manager. He will begin his duties on Aug. 22.

Golden, 45, of Lower Makefield, was offered the $68,000-a-year position after the board selected him at a meeting Thursday, said Lola Biuckians, president of the Board of Supervisors.

"He's got 15 years of experience, and he's been a borough manager," Biuckians said. "He has a strong legal background, and he's a people person. That's what we need in Upper Southampton."

Golden will be Upper Southampton's third manager in as many years. In June, John Tegley, of Willingboro, N.J., resigned from the post. Paul Janssen resigned in 1997 after serving five years.

Golden was among 18 to 20 candidates and three finalists for the job.

As director of community services, Golden is essentially Middletown's assistant manager. His duties include supervising trash collection, recycling, recreation, insurance, risk management, and public relations. Golden has served in that post for 15 years and expects to leave on Aug. 18.

Golden previously was a municipal planner and later a borough manager for five years in Lemoyne, near Harrisburg.

Golden joins the township as it copes with severe damage to homes and businesses from last week's heavy rains. Such problems are not new to Golden. He helped Middletown deal with damage from a similar storm in 1996.

"That will be my number-one priority, to help the township clean up after the flood and begin some long-term planning for storm-water management and act on those recommendations," Golden said.

It is not uncommon, he said, for any community with older developments, built when storm-water management was not required, to face severe flooding.

Born in Philadelphia, Golden was raised in Levittown and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Bristol Township, now named Harry S. Truman High School.

He earned a bachelor's degree in government from Allentown College and a master's in public administration from Pennsylvania State University. Golden has two children. His wife, Theresa, is a case manager at Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol Township.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve the board and the township," Golden said. "I'm looking forward to being able to help."

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