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February 13, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 26, 2005 | By Reid Kanaley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
January 30, 1992 | By Cindy Anders, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
May 15, 1988 | By Ralph Cipriano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 2, 1987 | By Mark de la Vina, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 14, 2011 | By Kathleen Brady Shea, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 13, 1998 | By Angela Galloway, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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November 17, 2015 | By William Bender, Daily News Staff Writer
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, under indictment and facing his first competitive race in decades, announced Sunday night that he has tapped veteran political operative and former city managing director Joe Certaine to run his reelection campaign. "Joe has three qualities that make him uniquely qualified to lead my campaign: He has proven managerial capabilities, he has unmatched knowledge of every neighborhood and every neighborhood leader in my district, and he has unparallel [sic] political expertise," Fattah said in a statement.
NEWS
March 26, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg and Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writers
Warning of a liquidity crisis through 2015 and a revenue decline "a lot more severe" than they had anticipated, Atlantic City's emergency managers on Tuesday recommended $10 million in budget cuts, hundreds of layoffs, and mediators to negotiate with casinos and unions. The 60-day interim report by Kevin Lavin and Kevyn Orr, appointed by Gov. Christie, highlighted a $101 million budget shortfall for the city and a $47 million shortfall for the school district, but was short on details of how the city's long-term financial woes can be solved.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg and Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writers
Update: Gov. Christie's office sent out an update officially announcing that a new "Atlantic City Emergency Management Team" would be introduced following the 11 am. Summit. The team will consist of Kevyn Orr, the former emergency manager for Detroit, which just emerged from bankruptcy, and Kevin Lavin, a corporate finance consultant at FTI Consulting who more typically advises financially troubled companies. ATLANTIC CITY - On the eve of Gov. Christie's third Atlantic City summit, City Council President Frank M. Gilliam Jr. said Wednesday night that the state was poised to bring in a powerful emergency manager to oversee city government.
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Nutter administration has invoked a provision of the controversial DROP retirement program to delay the departures of a dozen city managers and top officials who had planned on retiring next year. The administration cited the September 2015 World Meeting of Families, which includes a visit by Pope Francis, as a reason to extend the retirement dates for five managers, including the deputy commissioner for parks and recreation, Susan Slawson, and her chief of staff, Cynthia D. Douglas.
NEWS
July 15, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Every week, bags of trash wait on curbs in Coatesville to be carried away. Inevitably, some of the muck ends up on the street. The city partially blamed that garbage for the flood of feral cats that invaded Coatesville at this time last year. So, within the next week, residents will receive two new 96-gallon bins for their trash and recyclables - with a lid that will keep everything inside and, city officials hope, make Coatesville a little cleaner and more attractive to visitors.
NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Equipped with a two-inch-thick binder full of notes and handouts, city fleet maintenance supervisor Thomas Hall drew charts and summaries in blue and green marker on a big whiteboard in a classroom at Philadelphia University. Hall, a 23-year city employee, is usually busy making sure trucks in the city's aging fleet can tackle the latest snowstorm. But on Tuesday, he was explaining business innovation theories to city managers he normally wouldn't have worked with - perhaps not even met - had he not been selected to participate in the class.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
December 9, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Connor Barwin lives in the shadows of Philadelphia's skyline with a silhouette of Detroit's skyline etched on his right biceps. His Twitter profile lists two locations: "Detroit, Philadelphia. " The Detroit area is his hometown. Philadelphia is now his home. Barwin is not one who just passes through wherever he's living. The son of a city manager, Barwin yearns to be engaged with a sense of civic pride that is sometimes rare in such a transient industry. He played sports on both sides of 8 Mile Road while growing up around Detroit.
NEWS
December 5, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
RADNOR - As a major with the Air Force Reserve, John J. Murphy thought his extensive military record would be an asset when he applied to be manager of Radnor Township. Instead, he contends, it cost him the job. Lawyers for Murphy and the township are meeting this week to discuss a possible trial date on Murphy's claims that the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners discriminated against him on the basis of his military service: They didn't hire him, Murphy alleges, because they worried that his commitment to the Reserve would require him to leave town too often.
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