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Exeter Township manager announces intention to resign

Exeter Township Manager Mary E. McBride has announced her intention to resign.

McBride originally came from Keystone Management Solutions of Swarthmore, Delaware County, to become the township’s interim manager in 2022. She accepted a permanent position in January with the option to resign at any time, according to her contract.

The resignation comes amid a tumultuous time in the township. There have been eight managers since 2015.

McBride explained her thinking during the supervisors meeting Monday night.

“My last day, I hope, will be August 1,” she said. “I can leave before that should the board and the public choose to have me do that. I am not asking for your acceptance of my resignation tonight. I will put that on the next agenda.

“The reason I’m doing this now is because word will get out and hopefully people will apply. They will send letters and resumes, so that’s why I’m bringing this up a little earlier than when it will be officially on the agenda.”

McBride thanked the board.

“First of all, thank you for all that you’ve done and for all that you put up with,” she said. “It has been a pleasure, and I’ve gotten darts thrown at me, yeah, but it’s over and I’m walking away thinking this was positive.”

Ted Gardella, vice chairman, proposed a path forward.

“I would like to indicate that we as a board should engage a professional search in order to find our next permanent manager,” Gardella said. “It should be a firm that not only has a professional reputation for conducting these searches but it should be one where there are guarantees of performance.”

In other business, David N. Hunter, Berks County Planning Commission executive director, and Laura Mursch, a planner, encouraged the supervisors to join an updated joint comprehensive plan that would be the official statement of the township’s planning goals.

The plan has not been updated since 2005.

Hunter said an updated plan would allow participating municipalities to score better when seeking grants and sharing land uses, and it would serve as a roadmap for improvements.

Potential municipalities to be involved would be Exeter, Amity, and Douglass townships and St. Lawrence.

Hunter said he hopes to have all those participating on board before fall for request for proposals and cooperation agreements to be adopted in 2024, with an actionable plan proposed for 2025.

The board also voted 4-1 to approve a land development plan for a PennDOT Real ID center at the Boscov’s Outlet Center on Perkiomen Avenue.

The approval is contingent on one outstanding lighting issue from the review letter.

Supervisor David Hughes voted no because he had not seen the plan.

Source: Berkshire mont

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