Springettsbury Township Manager John Holman has moved on. However, his paychecks will continue.

The Springettsbury Township Board approved payment to Holman of $1,000 per month for a period of six months for consulting fees. The money is guaranteed to Holman regardless of whether or not his services are used.

The board voted 3-1 in favor of paying Holman, with Supervisor Julie Landis-Trott voting against the agreement. Supervisors Swomley and Schenck argued for the agreement, stating that it is an “insurance policy” just in case we need Holman's services. Supervisor Dvoryak reluctantly voted to approve the payment, but stated that he will review the agreement after 30 days to see if it is necessary.

What makes this agreement even more disgraceful is the fact that John Holman is the person who suggested that he get paid as a consultant.

Hasn't John Holman taken enough of the Springettsbury taxpayers' money? Holman has not been able to resolve major issues while he was the manager; he is less useful now. Holman spent more than $50,000 in attorneys' fees for the Teamsters contract negotiations and left the township with the contract still unsettled.
John Holman also failed to fully staff the Springettsbury EMS for over three years, which is down to five EMTs from a full compliment of eight. I can't think of any reason why this township needs to have any more dealings with John Holman.

The new Springettsbury Township Board of Supervisors must become more aware and involved, as necessary, of the day-to-day operations of the township.

Over the last 12 years, Springettsbury Township has had more than its share of arrogance and egotism. The new township manager must be a person of high moral character who is honest, respectful, diplomatic and embraces humility.

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— David Trott, Springettsbury Township