Kittanning Borough Secretary Prepares for Retirement

Kittanning Borough Secretary Betty Thompson, seen here closing listening and taking notes at a 2017 Council meeting, will officially retire following 42 years of service. (KP File Photo)

Secretary Betty Thompson will be concluding a 42-year tenure in Kittanning Borough.

Council held a special meeting last night to discuss terms of Thompson’s departure.

Because Thompson is not eligible for retirement until October, Councilwoman Betsy Wilt made a motion to enter into an early retirement agreement with Thompson. It was seconded  by Councilman Scott Davis and agreed to by all with the exception of Joe Kiehlmeier. The details of that agreement were not made public.

In order to provide for smooth transitioning, Davis made a motion to contract with Cynthia McDermott of Apollo at the rate of $30 per hour. McDermott served previously as the Borough Manager for Apollo Borough. The motion was seconded by Kiehlmeier and approved by all council members except Council Vice-President Andy Peters.

Council also voted to contract out payroll functions to the firm Marsico. The firm will computerize the procedure and eventually complete the transition to direct deposit of employee checks that was previously established but not completed.

Thompson was not in attendance at last night’s meeting and not available for comment.

Wilt praised Thompson’s dedication to the Borough throughout the years.