Lehigh Valley

Palmer hires new township manager

PALMER TWP., Pa. - Following an exhaustive search resulting in 32 applicants and eight final candidates, the Palmer Township Board of Supervisors appointed Robert Williams to be the township's newest chief administrator, effective March 4, at its Monday meeting.

Williams, of Upper Nazareth, was the borough manager in Orwigsburg Borough.

Supervisor Chairman Dave Colver said he knew Williams was the right fit for the township. He said the supervisors and township personnel felt very comfortable with Williams during his initial interviews.

A native Philadelphian, Williams graduated from Archbishop Ryan High School, a Catholic school in Philadelphia. He also earned a bachelor's degree in political science from La Salle University. In addition, he studied political science on a graduate level at Villanova University and will be receiving his Master's degree in public administration this spring from the school.

A retired sergeant first class in the U.S. Army, Williams has served as a training officer at Fort Indiantown Gap, an administration officer in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and in administration in Allentown.

He was deployed to Kosovo in the former Yugoslavia in 2003 and to Iraq in 2007 for one-year tours of duty each.

Additionally, he also currently serves in the Pennsylvania National Guard as an emergency management coordinator.

Williams will earn a salary of $125,000 annually, according to Colver. He will be assisted by former administrative assistant Brenda DeGerolamo as the new assistant township manager at a salary of $80,000.

DeGerolamo has been serving as interim township manager since Dec. 16 after former manager Chris Christman tendered his resignation on Nov. 16 with 30 days notice.

Williams lives in Upper Nazareth with his wife Kathy and has four children, Robert Jr., Nicole, Thomas and Jamie.

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