Cranberry Narrows Search for New Parks and Recreation Director, Parts Ways with Rec Manager
After working for the township for 15 years, Christine Border says she’s focusing on a new photography business.
More changes are coming to Cranberry’s Parks and Recreation Department.
At Wednesday’s meeting, Cranberry supervisors approved a separation agreement with longtime Parks and Recreation manager Christine Border.
Township manager Jerry Andree said Border resigned in a mutual decision reached by her and the township.
As part of a severance package, she will receive three months salary and six months of medical benefits, Andree said. She also will be retained as consultant for the department on an as-needed basis, he said.
As Park and Recreation manager, Border was paid a salary of $49,152, Andree said.
A Cranberry resident, Border said she plans to start her own photography business, which she hopes to launch by early next year.
“I really enjoyed working with the residents and watching them enjoy all the great programs and services that we offered,” she said. “I am very fulfilled with the accomplishments that I had over the years and am looking to begin a new venture at this time in my life.”
During her 15 years with Cranberry, Border said she saw many changes, including to her own personal life. When she began working for the township, Border said she was a single woman. She is now a married mother of two. She added she looks forward to spending more time with her family.
“The crew at the Recreation Department will do a great job continuing to offer top notch programs and services,” she said. “I will be looking forward to using them as a resident and enjoying them from the other side as a customer!”
The township also has narrowed its ongoing search for a new director of the Parks and Recreation to three candidates, Andree said.
The department has been without a full-time director since Mike Diehl left the township last November. At the time, officials said they were reevaluating the department.
Andree said Cranberry launched a nationwide search for Diehl’s replacement after having trouble finding the right person to lead the department locally. He added the parks and recreation department is a million dollar-plus operation that includes dozens of programs.
“It’s been rather frustrating,” he said of the township’s difficulty in hiring a new director.
Now that the search is down to three candidates, the township could hire a new director within the next month, he said. Since mid-August, Greg Smith has been acting as the interim director of parks and recreation.
Andree said Smith works 25 to 30 hours per week at an hourly rate of $35.
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