Conshohocken fires Marabella as manager and finance director

Posted: March 16, 2014

CONSHOHOCKEN Conshohocken officials on Friday fired the borough manager, a longtime employee who also served as finance director.

Francis Marabella had worked for Conshohocken for more than eight years, Councilman Robert Stokley said. But in recent months the council members began considering that the borough's operations and finances might be more efficiently managed by two people, not one.

"It's a lot of work, holding those two positions," said Stokley, who indicated that the council decided several weeks ago to terminate Marabella. "We feel it was a little too much for him." Marabella, who became borough manager in 2006, did not return a call for comment.

Council members informed Marabella of the decision Friday morning.

"I think he was relieved," Stokley said. "He's a good guy, very decent, very thorough. But it's just time to go in a different direction."

Marabella was paid $140,000, borough attorney Michael J. Savona said. He will receive six months' pay and benefits.

Council members will appoint an interim manager at their regular meeting next week, Savona said, then start searching for a full-time replacement. The council hopes to identify candidates and hire a new manager within a few months, he said. The council will also decide how to redistribute Marabella's duties as director of finance.

The borough also must fill the position vacated this month by Councilman Raj Gupta, who resigned because he is moving out of the area.

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