Among the last minutes items added to Tuesday night's municipal council meeting agenda was a resolution appointing Norristown's Public Works director, Robert Glisson, to serve as interim municipal administrator following current administrator Dave Forrest's resignation at the end of February. Glisson will take up his new responsibilities starting March 1.
Council passed the resolution unanimously. (Council President Gary Simpson was absent for the Tuesday meeting.)
"I'm just excited to try to continue on and do things like Dave has done," said Glisson of his new post. "To work as a team with the staff and obviously to support council and the citizens."
Glisson will still oversee Public Works while serving as interim administrator and his annual salary will be $109,000 (the same as Forrest's current salary), prorated for the period of time he serves in the role. Glisson was hired in Jine of last year with a $75,000 annual salary.
According to the municipality, Glisson has previously served as the manager of Oxford Borough, East Caln Township and East Cocalico Township as well as interim manager of Wallace Township. He holds a Master of Administration degree from Golden Gate University, is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Public Works Management Course and has a Certified Borough Official certificate from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs.
Council has contracted with the Lafayette College Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government to conduct the search for a permanent replacement for Forrest, who is taking a similar postion in Canandaigua, a small city in the Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York.
According to Councilwoman Cathy Lawrence, the cost of the search firm will be approximately $5000, but the entire process (including advertisement, background checks, etc.) could cost up to $10,000.
Council plans to meet later this month to discuss details of the search, which Lawrence estimates could take from two to four months.
Norristown Municipal Administrator Dave Forrest Resigns