Falls Township has officially hired a new code enforcement officer to replace former Chief Code Enforcement Officer Tom Bennett.
The Board of Supervisors had previously announced plans to hire Matthew Takita, but waited until the most recent meeting to vote on the matter. Takita’s contract will run form Oct. 16 to Dec. 31, and likely be renewed if the township is satisfied with his performance.
The unanimous vote Tuesday grants Takita a $120,000 salary for his new position. Along with his position as a zoning officer, he will also serve as assistant township manager to Manager Peter Gray. Gray originally submitted a letter of resignation, but agreed to stay after a $5,000 raise.
Takita served as Bensalem Township’s Director of Building and Planning Department for 24 years. He began working in public service in 1992, the year after he graduated from Spring Garden College with a B.S. in Architecture.
As the new director of building, planning, and code enforcement, Takita directly replaces former Chief Code Enforcement Officer Tom Bennett.
Bennett left Falls Township this past summer. He reemerged at a Board of Supervisors meeting in September claiming several township officials tried to pressure him into issuing permits to homeowners despite substantial violations. Bennett was suspended, then he resigned.