Falls Township Manager Peter Gray announced he will be resigning on February 4. This is the second time in less than four months.
Gray initially resigned last September after two decades with the township as finance director, then manager. His annual salary was more than $145,000 in 2019.
Chief of Police William Wilcox made a public farewell speech to Gray at the Sept. 17, 2019 Board of Supervisors meeting. But the same night, Gray met with the supervisors behind closed doors.
A renegotiation with a $5,000 pay increase changed Gray’s mind and he agreed to stay on. The Board of Supervisors reportedly played a role in convincing Gray, according to the township. Supervisor Jeff Dence was “instrumental” to the negotiations.
However, the new deal involved a two year contract extension. Gray’s most recent resignation Tuesday comes less than four months after Gray’s renegotiation.
It also comes amidst other movement within and surrounding the township government.
Former Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Harvie resigned to become county commissioner Monday morning in Doylestown. The same evening, Supervisor Jeff Dence took over Harvie’s position as Chairman. Supervisor Jeff Boraski moved up to fill Dence’s spot as Vice-Chairman.
“The Supervisors appreciate all that Pete has done for our township,” Dence said. “We are sorry to see Pete go and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”
Assistant Township Manager Matthew Takita began working for Falls shortly after Gray’s first retirement announcement. Takita will help to take on some of Gray’s responsibilities, along with his job as Chief Code Enforcement Officer.
Falls is now seeking a new township manager.
To find candidates, the township is contracting with David Woglom of Robert B & Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government, according to a statement.
Solicitor Michael Clarke stated the township will narrow down candidates and interview them by early February. They would then extend an offer later the same month.