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Hatboro Borough Manager Resigns

Steven Plaugher cites an hour-long commute as the reason behind his decision to leave his $80,000 a year post after only a year.

Hatboro Borough Manager Steven Plaugher, during an executive session Monday night, resigned his post with a week’s notice and no other job lined up.

“I would like to find something closer to my home in Downingtown,” Plaugher wrote in an e-mail to Patch. “The one-hour commute each way from Downingtown to Hatboro made for very long days and nights.”

Plaugher, who retired from the Downingtown Police Department after 30 years, served as Downingtown’s assistant borough manager for two and a half years before budgetary cuts had him seeking employment in Hatboro.

following the in March 2011 after less than a year; and an involving Bill McCauley, the interim manager following Ryan.

Plaugher inherited oversight of the long-overdue expansion project, an effort that, since its has been , as well as being followed. During a borough council meeting in May, the governing body grilled Plaugher about ongoing issues.

Plaugher, however, said his resignation was his decision alone and that he “learned a lot. Hopefully it will help to find me a new job.”

Borough Councilwoman Patty Fleming, the lone Democrat besides Mayor Norm Hawkes, said she was surprised about Plaugher's resignation.

“I walked in there totally not knowing that (Plaugher’s resignation) was happening last night,” Fleming said. 

Fleming said Public Works Superintendent Fred Zollers would serve as interim borough manager “for the time being.” She said that while Plaugher’s last work day is Friday, he is taking a week of vacation the following week. She said Zollers would likely begin serving in an interim capacity on July 16.

When reached for comment Tuesday Borough Councilman Mark Sheedy said that Plaugher’s replacement, or an interim manager, is “something that John Zygmont is going to make a decision on.”

“We have to get confirmation. We have to get an agreement and it hasn’t been done yet,” Sheedy said, adding that he did not know when the decision would be rendered. “John sets the time schedule for everything. Everything’s done on John’s timetable. John’s the president. John makes the final call. He sets the timetable for borough council.”

Patch was unsuccessful in reaching Zygmont for comment.

Sheedy chalked up Plaugher’s resignation to long commutes.

“I’ll take him at his word,” Sheedy said of Plaugher. “He said it was travel time.”

FooKing Funny July 16, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Looks like one "inside" person with multi personalities and email accounts making posts and replying to same. Take note of time of postings and flurry of replies outside of Boro business hours. Get a life!
Sofa King Stupid July 16, 2012 at 06:50 PM
FooKing Funny - you say an 'inside' person with multiple personalities and email accounts- I didn't know Marianne still worked for the boro, I'm pretty sure she got kicked to the curb when she lost the election- just to clarify. When you start posting facts, like Marianne got voted out on a 2 to 1 vote ratio, then maybe we can talk.
Liberty 1 July 17, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Can't we all just get along?
Liberty 1 July 17, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Just kidding.
Mary Cummings July 20, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Hatter, people are unhappy about the minutes not being posted and it's not just the democrats. People are starting to pay attention to what is happening in our town and why things aren't moving forward. And quite frankly, it's because of this dialogue. People on this sight have major axes to grind. And those axes are from a small group of people who just can't seem to get along, or let things go. And I think that's how our government has been run for decades. Well, it's time for it to end. I am not sure who these people are, but I hope that none our our elected officials or staff members are on this site creating trouble, because they have a tremendous amount of power and responsibility. Why not use that for good? Maybe Boro Council should have town Hall meetings where people can have real conversations about real things that they care about. And then maybe we can move forward instead of walking around in these ridiculous circles of nonsense.

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