February 13, 2014 |
Coatesville's former top administrator is suing the city, claiming it gave his predecessor, a white man, termination pay but refused to give him the same benefit because he is black. In a discrimination lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Philadelphia, Harry G. Walker III, who became city manager in 2006, said his contract stated he would receive six months of termination pay if he was fired without cause. Walker said he was. The city has said Walker was fired in 2010 for mismanagement and breach of duties.
May 26, 2005 |
E. Jean Krack, who served as Coatesville's acting city manager for the last six weeks - during which he was credited with resolving a divisive, years-long land dispute - has been named to the city manager's post. The appointment on Monday by the City Council puts Krack, 51, firmly in charge of Coatesville's proposed $700 million revitalization, slated to bring new housing, retail and entertainment facilities to the steel town over the next 10 to 15 years. Krack said he was humbled.
January 30, 1992 |
It's better than no progress, but it certainly is slow progress. Coatesville has been without a city manager for six months, but a search committee has interviewed what may be the last group of preliminary applicants for the post this week and a decision could come in the next three to six weeks. The search for candidates has prompted an outpouring of applicants. After the city advertised the job, 111 people submitted resumes, almost double the number received during the last search for a city manager in 1987.
May 15, 1988 |
The Abington commissioners voted, 13-1, Thursday to hire Douglas S. Reeder, city manager of Maple Grove, Minn., as the township's next manager for an annual salary of $63,000. Reeder, 43, has been city manager of Maple Grove, a Minneapolis suburb with a population of 33,000, since 1980. Under terms of a contract approved Thursday, Reeder, a Pennsylvania native and a decorated Vietnam veteran, will report to work July 5. "He's going to bring the professionalism to the township that we need," said Commissioner Richard E. Fluge Jr., president of the Board of Commissioners.
March 29, 2011
After more than a year without a permanent city manager, Coatesville City Council voted Monday night to extend an offer to Gary Rawlings, the former manager of Charles Town, a city of about 4,000 residents in West Virginia. Council President Karl Marking said he was pleased to select someone with Rawlings' experience, which includes a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, a master's degree in public administration from the University of Hartford, and jobs as the city manager in Dexter and Coldwater, Mich.
August 2, 1987 |
More than four months after Dennis Elko resigned as city manager of Coatesville, the City Council has appointed Wayne G. "Ted" Reed Sr. of Franklin, Va., to fill the vacancy. Reed, 43, who will start tomorrow, is a 19-year veteran of city management. The city manager of Franklin until his resignation in September, Reed has specialized in helping economically troubled municipalities. "I feel that my background and experience is hopefully something that can be beneficial to the community," Reed said in a phone interview from Franklin.
May 14, 2011 |
Gary P. Rawlings isn't the first city manager to envision a reborn Coatesville. Since the late 1960s, when the steel industry began to collapse and pull the Chester County town down with it, many men have held the job. But none has been able to usher in the oft-promised revitalization. The 65-year-old Rawlings, sworn in to the $95,000-a-year post this week, may be catching Coatesville at an opportune time, however. Its fortunes appear to be on the upswing, which is fueling his optimism about what he may be able to achieve in this beleaguered community of 13,100.
May 13, 1998 |
It was only his first day on the job, but Coatesville's newest city manager was already offering reassurances yesterday that he won't be leaving any time soon. "I'm here to stay and [the City Council is] here to stay, and we're going to cooperate," said Paul G. Janssen Jr. On Monday, the council unanimously appointed Janssen as Coatesville's seventh manager in less than four years, Council President Bill Chertok said. Janssen's starting salary will be $68,000. Janssen, 41, said it was a "very real possibility" that he would spend the rest of his career with the city.