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Pottstown Borough Manager Jason Bobst Reportedly Taking West Norriton Township Manager Position

West Norriton Township officials have been keeping a tight wrap on their choice, but Bobst gave notice and announced his intention to take a position with West Norriton today.

According to the Pottstown Mercury, Jason Bobst, Pottstown's Borough Manager since 2009, announced his plans to leave his current position and take a job as West Norriton's new Township Manager, a  Bobst's last day will be sometime in August.

"I saw an opportunity that opened up and it piqued my interest," Bobst told the Mercury.

"I think Jason was doing a really good job and in the last two years, I think this borough took two steps forward," Borough Councilman Mark Gibson told the Mercury. "I sure hope we’re not going to take one step backwards now." 

Bobst reportedly said that he looked forward to the opportunity West Norriton's assets – a private water company, a municipal sewer system and a township-owned golf course – would give him to “allow me to focus on the job at hand.”

Bobst also made it clear that he knows West Norriton's details.

“They have a codes office, public works, just under 30 people and 20 police officers; their budget is about $12 million and they have about 17,000 people in 5.9 square miles,” Bobst told the Mercury.

West Norriton officials are expected to officially announce their decision tonight at a meeting at the township building at 5:15 p.m.

Read more about Bobst's history as borough manager in Pottstown and his reasons for leaving here.

Golden Cockroach May 22, 2012 at 09:50 PM
This is not happy news for those of us in Pottstown that fought so hard to bolster and encourage him, because we believe in him. I am sad and I am really over the bully mentality of so many in this community whose egos, and petty differences both within and outside of borough hall, cannot take a back seat to make room for good common sense and hard work - not even if an entire community is at stake. It has been said elsewhere, and perhaps it is time to "clean house" so we can attract and keep a manager who will be encouraged to soar and put Pottstown on the fast track to revitalization. If we should be so fortunate to find a qualified replacement
Kelly May 22, 2012 at 10:03 PM
This is great news. I wonder how Goldencockroaches calls and emails led to this decision? Thursday night at the usual location. Time to celebrate. The new agenda will be emailed to you. We have 90 days to prepare for our person to take over the position. Never forget the Golden rule. The ones with the gold make the rules
Golden Cockroach May 22, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Excuse me honey, but didn't I just read that you are dining out of a plastic jar of peanut butter with a tarnished silver spoon? If you've got gold, girlfriend, (besides that hang tooth in your mouth), you'd be smart to tell your Bankruptcy Attorney about it, they don't smile kindly on fools who hold out. The ones who ARE gold make the rules - SISTA.
Mom-Mom May 22, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Pottstown shouldn't be happy that Jason Bobst is leaving. They should've worked harder to keep him and asked Tom Hylton to leave instead. Now, Hylton will get a chance to tell a NEW Manager what to do. Hopefully this one won't listen!
Mom-Mom May 22, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Who would want to come to Pottstown with it's current staff and Council? Clean house is right!
LF2012 May 23, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Kelly, if this is the landlord group I have heard about, I'd love to check it out. I'm assuming by Thursday you mean tomorrow, so it's kind of short notice but I think I can make it if you will have me. I currently have one rental property in West Pottsgrove, but I am interested in buying a couple more in Pottstown to supplement my retirement and the run-a-round has made me a little leery. How can I contact your group without leaving my personal info here?
LF2012 May 24, 2012 at 12:05 AM
and gc, you wanna talk about gold. i've seen some of your posts, so how bout we talk about morels...like you dont have any right? golden or otherwise. you should really figure out how to get some.
Golden Cockroach May 24, 2012 at 03:23 PM
LF2012 I would dearly LOVE to talk about morels. You little devil....how did you know those are my all time favorite mushrooms in the whole wide world? A friend is going on a foray this weekend to see if there are wild morels in the forests now. I also LOVE chicken of the forest mushrooms... did you know that they actually TASTE like chicken? People are pretty passionate about mushrooms, seems either you love 'em and you have lots of 'em or you never think about them. It's amazing when you have a computer that can run spell check in more than one way, you'd prefer to look dumber than a bag of rocks. Heaven help us all, that mentality is scary
michelle duffy May 25, 2012 at 12:18 AM
LMAO! Not to be rude or deviate from the original discussion, but I do love spelling mistakes when one is trying to be intelligent.
Ugetwhatugive May 25, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Maybe those without 'em can't spell 'em??? If you pick up what I'm puttin down ;)~
Paulj May 25, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Golden Cockroach never makes mistakes. That is why she is over 50, doesn't work, lives in the ghetto (400 block of King Street), owes the Borough of Pottstown $5000. I guess I am wrong. Her life has been nothing but a mistake.
Golden Cockroach May 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM
That's a good point, Ugetwhatugive! It would be devastating to pick a wild mushroom without knowing exactly what you're going to ingest, spelling is a handy tool at a time like that. Although few other mushrooms resemble morels, it's still a very good idea to know for sure that's what you are going to take home and saute to have with a good steak. I promise you, you'll make more friends and keep 'em if know your morels. Maybe that's the real problem: When God said, "now I give mankind the freedom to pick their own morals and to live your life accordingly, some people, like the one above, thought he said morels!! Michele, I LOVE spelling boo-boos too, they add levity to the comments left all over the Patch by Deb, a terminally repetitive, dull, unimaginative and (as I've said elsewhere) - amateur cyberbully.
KB May 25, 2012 at 11:52 AM
When Goldencockroach points out spelling boo-boos this becomes her way of distracting the readers of the truth. Goldencockroach is the poster child of what is wrong with Pottstown. People make spelling errors, others like goldencockroach make life errors. Life errors like having to go to bed at night not knowing if their will be a shooting on her block. Life errors like not working. Life errors like purchasing a home in the worst area of Pottstown and then blaming others for the mistake. Goldencockroach takes no personal responsibility for her miserable existance. She blames everyone else like the poor, elderly and less fortunate for her mistakes.
Golden Cockroach May 25, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Just curious, what's everyone doing for the 3 day weekend? Deb Campbell is smackin' her lips and rubbin' her hands together with devious glee because she has an extra day to post remarkably unintelligent comments on the Patch, something she likes to do when the staff is having a few well deserved days off. There's this image in my mind of Deb sitting home, alone, on a Holiday weekend, behind her computer, thumbing through an online edition of Highlights for Kids, looking for inspiration for her next irrelevant comments. Have a nice weekend Deb. Try to get out and have some fun, there's lots of things you can do that are free and if you're cleaver you can look for events that have free wieners. P.nut butter is good but it grows old eating the same thing over and over again.
fran May 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM
What do normal people do on a long weekend? Go to fireworks, sleep in, have friends over. If you live in the ghetto of the 400 block of King street, your fireworks are gun shots. You can't sleep well because of the noise and violence. No one in their right mind would come visit you. Why is a renter on the 400 block of King Street in much better financial and emotional shape then a homeowner? The renter can move whenever they wish, didn't but a home now worth 1/3 the value of the purchase price, and the renter doesn't have a borough of Pottstown lien against them. Imagine owning an asset that you have no equity in, can't sell, fear for your life on a daily basis and are uneducated to boot. Life is great in the suburbs with the birds and no noise except for fireworks.
Anna Johnson May 26, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Do any of the landlords posting here own properties on the 500 block of Walnut, Chestnut or King? Thanks, Anna Johnson

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