Falls Township Manager Agrees To Not Leave

Falls Township Manager Peter Gray at the Sept. 17 2019 Board of Supervisors meeting, sitting next to solicitor Michael Clarke. Image via Falls Township.

Falls Township Manager Peter Gray has decided to stay on thanks in part to a $5,000 raise. Gray had submitted a letter of resignation and was expected to leave Oct. 1.

The Board of Supervisors was reportedly “surprised” by Gray’s resignation. Chief of Police William Wilcox made a public farewell at Tuesday night’s Supervisors meeting after Gray’s resignation was made public.

“This is a little unusual, but I want to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Gray on behalf of the entire of the entire police department,” Wilcox said. “Mr. Gray, you’ll be sorely missed.”

But then Gray met with other township personnel in private session after the meeting. A press release indicates Supervisor Jeffry Dence was instrumental in negotiations.

“The Supervisors knew that replacing Mr. Gray would not be an easy task and certainly not one we wished to undertake,” Dence said. “It’s not every day that a community is lucky enough to have a Township Manager with such a deep knowledge of our town, our residents and our unique challenges.”

Supervisor Chairman Bob Harvie stated he was “thrilled” to have Gray stay on.

The pay increase is retroactive to Jan. 2019 and brings Gray’s salary to above $150,000.