Rob Zahorchak will become the newest manager of Baldwin Township on April 2, replacing Mary McGinley, who attended her final township Board of Commissioners meeting as manager on Tuesday night.
Zahorchak was also at the meeting—his first—in the role of assistant to the township manager, a position that he assumed on Monday until McGinley retires at the end of the month.
McGinley has served as the manager/secretary of the small municipality in Pittsburgh's South Hills area for the past 38 years and said goodbye on Tuesday, thanking her fellow township employees and welcoming Zahorchak.
"It's been a great 38 years," McGinley said. "I've enjoyed working here tremendously."
She called Baldwin Township "a safe place to live (and) raise a family" before drawing laughter by saying, "I'm looking forward to retiring and having a good time."
Zahorchak, 29, grew up in Greensburg but now lives in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood. He received a master's degree in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 and has previous work experience at various consulting firms regarding economic development and affordable housing, he said.
Most recently, he spent three years working for the nonprofit Green Building Alliance, "where I did a lot of public policy work and also economic development work."
Zahorchak's bachelor's degree in political science came from the University of Pittsburgh, as well, in 2006.
"I have a big position to fill with Mary (leaving)," the soon-to-be manager said, "but she's going to help me as much as she can over the next (month) becoming acclimated to her daily routine plus all of the happenings and operations of the township.
"It's going to be a pretty seamless transition."
The township board chose Zahorchak from a pool of around 35 applicants.
Check back with the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Wednesday for more news from Tuesday night's commissioners meeting.
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