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East Allen supervisors praise outgoing manager

Salary set for replacement

NORTHAMPTON, Pa. - The East Allen Township supervisors offered their praise for outgoing township manager Deborah Seiple at their Thursday meeting.

Board Chairperson Roger Unangst thanked Seiple for “everything you have done for the township” over the years.

Seiple, who is retiring at the end of the month, has been in the position for 13 years and has served the township in different roles since 1981, including as a supervisor.

Brent Green, currently a Towamensing Township supervisor, will succeed Seiple as manager.

Township solicitor Joseph Piperato III thanked Seiple for her friendship, guidance and professionalism over the years.

Vice Chairperson Mark Schwartz said that he and Seiple had worked well together over the years.

Seiple had held the office of manager “to the highest esteem,” Schwartz said.

Supervisor Donald Heiney said that Seiple had been a good mentor to him.

The board passed 5-0 a resolution at Thursday’s meeting to set $70,000 as the annual salary of the incoming township manager. 

Green, who has been in municipal service for 10 years, holds a criminal justice degree with a minor in public administration and lives in Palmerton with his wife Allison.

Green said after the meeting that he is enthusiastic about his new job and that Seiple had been a good mentor to him as he was learning his new role.

He has “big shoes to fill,” Green said.

Green said he is looking forward to working with the board and getting to know township staff, as well as learning about the various issues facing the township.

Other business

The township pushed back the date of a presentation by David Jaindl of Jaindl Land Development about a proposed rezoning request to the May 9 workshop meeting.

The presentation had been originally scheduled for the April 11 workshop meeting.

Jaindl was looking to request the rezoning of land along the north side of Locust Road from agriculture/residential/rural to commercial.                                                                                                                  

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