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Upper Saucon appoints new supervisor

Other personnel changes made

UPPER SAUCON TWP., Pa. - In a 3-1 vote the Board of Supervisors on Monday appointed township resident Kim Stehlik to its ranks from among six other candidates interviewed Feb. 26.

The mother of three owns Bonaventure Academy in Bethlehem and has no prior municipal governing experience. 

Supervisor Stephen Wagner offered the lone no vote against Stehlik, citing not only her lack of experience but her living near one of the other supervisors. He also called attention to what he termed the bypassing of those currently serving on Upper Saucon boards and commissions in favor of Stehlik.

Supervisors Dennis Benner and Phil Spaeth both commented on what an extremely difficult decision it was to select a new supervisor from a "spectacular" list of candidates.   

Stehlik fills the supervisor position recently vacated by Patrick Leonard, who became the new special projects coordinator, replacing Joseph Geib, the new assistant township manager, who replaced Bob Kassel, who retired Feb. 1.

She will serve two years to complete the term.

Geib said he served in the special projects position for the past seven years. He added that several administrative positions in his office have had their job descriptions adjusted and reassigned among various personnel. 

One of them, Daphne Gombosi, finance clerk for the past four years was officially appointed assistant finance director by the board on Monday. She will earn a starting pay rate of $29.50 per hour for a 40-hour work week. 

The supervisors also approved a new job description for Gombosi, as she already has been executing many of her new responsibilites, according to township manager Tim Beil.

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