New Castle News

July 25, 2013

City to name economic development director

John K. Manna
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — New Castle City Council is expected to name Matthew D. Staniszewski as economic development director Thursday.

Staniszewski, 36, lives in Washington, Pa., where he is a member of city council.

Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo said he expects Staniszewski to begin around Sept. 1 at a pro-rated salary of $65,000. The city has set a salary of $70,000 for the position, but budgeted $35,000 for this year in anticipation that the successful applicant would not be hired before July 1.

Mastrangelo said Staniszewski meets the qualifications that the city was looking for. He has eight years experience in economic development, code enforcement, zoning and planning and is a certified grant writer, Mastrangelo said.

He said he presented Staniszewski to council members Tuesday night and they agreed to confirm him.

The director will head a department that covers all of those activities. Qualifications and duties for the director have been set by the city’s Act 47 recovery plan.

Candidates for the job had to meet a minimum requirement of a bachelor’s degree in marketing, economics, public administration, public policy or closely related field and have at least three years experience in economic or community development.

Staniszewski received a bachelor of science degree in computer science from California University of Pennsylvania.

Washington has a commission form of government in which each council member heads a department. Staniszewski is in charge of public works.

Mastrangelo said the city received 100 applications for the position from the region and other states. A committee made up of the mayor, business administrator, a council member and a community representative screened and interviewed candidates, with Staniszewski being the top vote-getter, the mayor said.

According to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article published in February 2008, Staniszewski was charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving. The incident occurred in December 2006. After pleading guilty to the charges, he was sentenced to serve six to 18 months, but was granted work release, according to the article.

The newspaper reported that he had a previous DUI conviction in 2005, for which he completed a first-time offender course and had his record expunged.

Mastrangelo said city officials are aware of his record.

“We discussed it with the solicitor and council. I don’t think that in any way will create any problem.”

“Since 2008 he’s been good,” Mastrangelo added, noting Staniszewski won re-election to council in 2009.

An attempt to reach Staniszewski Wednesday was unsuccessful.

(Email: jmanna@ncnewsonline.com)