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Public works chief fired from Nortampton Co

By Lou Gombocz, Jr., WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 16 2014 10:51:16 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 17 2014 06:33:11 AM CST
Upper Milford Twp. supervisors
UPPER MILFORD TWP., Pa. -

By a 2-1 vote Thursday night, the Upper Milford Township board of supervisors terminated its Public Works coordinator, Steve Ackerman, following a lengthy 'closed-door' executive session to discuss "personnel matters."

According to Township Manager Dan DeLong, following the supervisors' almost 70 minute private executive session meeting, Ackerman worked for the township since September 2009, which also included a past appointment to the board of supervisors.

Delong, noted Ackerman, who resides in the township, earned an annual salary of $52,000 as the head of its public works department.

Board Chairman Robert Sentner, who voted for the motion to dismiss Ackerman, said his termination was "effective immediately" and declined to comment as to the reason why Ackerman was released.

Supervisor, Daniel Mohr said he voted against the firing; however, refused to elaborate along with Sentner, both of whom referred questions to the township manager. 

Supervisor George DeVault, also voted yes on the motion to let Ackerman go.

DeLong said during the interim, Upper Milford's public works department will be led by township foreman Robert Schmetzle. 

When asked when and who would conduct the search for a new public works coordinator for Upper Milford, DeLong said Ackeman's departure is so new no decisions have been made yet.