FORD CITY – The faces in Ford City Borough office are about to change.
Last Monday night, Council approved the creation of a new position they are calling “Administrative Assistant.”
The position was less than 60 seconds old when Council immediately filled it by approving the hiring of Julia Nortup.
Nortrop’s salary was set at $31,200 per year with benefits and a 90-day probationary period.
“This has been a three-month process,” Council President Carol Fenyes said.
During the meeting, Council Vice-President Tyson Klukan said there had been 11 applicants that responded to an advertisement for the position, although it technically had not been created until last Monday night. He said of the 11 applicants, the Personnel Committee interviewed eight of them. Nortup was selected as the best candidate to fill the position.
“We had to determine what would be the best future use of personnel in the office,” Fenyes said. “It’s not a good position in any office when you have one person who is doing payroll and you have no backup. As a committee, we determined that we needed a person who could handle that as well as the water billing.”
Fenyes said there will be an immediate need to transition Nortup into handling water invoicing and payments since current billing secretary Patty Hornyak is retiring February 25th.
“We need to get someone in who can work with her for awhile who we can get trained on the water billing system and hopefully get her somewhat comfortable as she can be with the new position.”
Fenyes said Nortup will assume a lot of Hornyak’s duties as well as additional responsibilities.
Hornyak said she intended to stay busy after retirement with spending time with her family and traveling. She said she was appreciative for the time that was spent in her position at the borough office and she felt she gained much knowledge during her tenure.
Another office worker, Carol French, is also leaving at the end of January. French has worked in several municipalities including Kittanning Borough. She has been at Ford City for over a year.
Borough Secretary Lisa Bittner will serve as office manager to oversee the daily operations.