Tony Ganguzza, an engineer who was hired in September as South Whitehall's Public Works Director, has been named to the new township position of Director of Administration in a reorganization of township staff.
Ganguzza will continue to oversee the public works department but he now will oversee finance and community development as well.
He will report directly to township Manager Jon Hammer, according to an email release from Hammer.
Under the reorganization, Lenore Horos will manage the finance department, Bob Ibach will manage public works and Jerry Harbison will manage community development. The three managers will report to Ganguzza. All have been "long standing and dedicated supervisors" in South Whitehall, Hammer said.
Ganguzza worked as an engineer in the private sector for more than 20 years as well as served municipalities before taking the public works job last September with South Whitehall.
The changes come as the township reorganizes its staff, following an offer of early retirement to 17 employees. Three people accepted the early retirment package including long-time employees Linda Perry, who was the township's finance director, and Jeff Higgins, who was the community development director.
"This organizational change makes sense for a number of reasons," Hammer said in the email. "First and foremost, it will create organizational efficiencies that will make us more responsive to our residents and members of our business community. It shrinks and streamlines government processes."
Hammer said the township is not replacing the positions held by the former employees who took early retirement.
The early retirement package details have not been released. However, Hammer said the township will save more than $409,651 through the end of 2013 from the early retirement program.
Hammer said the township will continue to streamline its processes on July 1, when it goes "live" with a new financial software package, Tyler Technologies, which will replace a 35-year-old financial software package.
Hammer said salaries will remain the same for all the employees who are taking on the new responsibilities. Horos' annual salary will remain at $75,811; Ibach's at $94,085 and Harbison's at $94,085. Ganguzza was hired at $99,000 a year.