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Lehighton manager resigns

  • John C. Wagner
    John C. Wagner
Published September 15. 2010 05:00PM

John C. Wagner, who has been borough manager in Lehighton since October 2008, has resigned from the position at the request of the borough council.

His final day as the manager was Friday, Sept. 10.

According to Grant Hunsicker, president of the council, it was decided last month by unanimous vote of the council to ask for Wagner's resignation.

"There was no reason given," Hunsicker said, regarding the request for Wagner to step down.

Wagner was paid a salary of $75,000. When asked if a replacement would be sought for Wagner as borough manager, Hunsicker responded, "At some point."

He said presently the workload is being handled by the three employees in the borough office, treasurer Nicole Tessitore, administrative secretary Brenda Koons, and administrative clerk Kim Rubin.

He praised the work by the three women and said he has confidence all the operations of the borough are being handled well.

Wagner had no comment regarding his resignation.

Until two months ago, Wagner also served as the zoning officer for the borough. The council last month rehired retired zoning officer John Quinn to serve in this capacity on a part-time basis.

Wagner, a resident of Slatington who is also a minister serving congregations in Jim Thorpe, succeeded John Hanosek of Lehighton as the town's borough manager.

Hanosek had held the position for 16 years, resigning unexpectedly on Aug. 26, 2008. He had stated in his letter of resignation, "I need to make time for myself."

Wagner undertook various projects since becoming borough manager.

Earlier this year under his leadership, work began on converting Station 2 of the Lehighton Fire Department into a police station. He had stated the work would be completed by August, but change orders resulted in delays to the project.

Wagner also pushed for a major renovation project to the Lower Lehighton Park, but met resistance from some council members who were concerned about the cost.

He helped to organize the first borough-sponsored Fourth of July celebration at Baer Memorial Park.

Wagner is the second borough manager within a week to vacate his position.

Last week, Slatington borough manager Steve Salvesen, 70, resigned to retire.

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