New Castle News

July 27, 2013

Council OKs economic development director

John K. Manna
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — New Castle City Council has approved the appointment of Matthew D. Staniszewski as community and economic development director.

Staniszewski was confirmed by a 3-2 vote Thursday.

MaryAnne Gavrile, president, William Panella and Richard Beshero voted in favor of his hiring while Ed Yerage and Thomas Smith voted no. The vote followed an executive session of approximately 25 minutes.

Council members made no comments before voting and both Yerage and Smith declined to explain their votes after the meeting.

Yerage was part of a four-member search committee that reviewed applications and interviewed the final seven candidates. The other members were Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo, business administrator Stephanie Dean and community representative James Haas.

The city received 100 applications, according to the mayor.

Staniszewski, 36, was hired at a pro-rated salary of $65,000. Council had 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 is expected to begin around Sept. 1.

He is currently a city councilman in Washington, Pa., where he heads the street department.

Staniszewski received a bachelor of science degree in computer science from California University of Pennsylvania. Mastrangelo said Staniszewski has eight years experience in economic development, code enforcement, zoning and planning and is a certified grant writer.

He will head a restructured department that includes zoning, planning and code enforcement as well as economic and community development.