By Elizabeth Perry
McKees Rocks council members voted unanimously to accept the retirement of former borough manager, Ruth Pompey on May 24. The matter had been tabled from a May 11 meeting.
Although the meeting agenda referred to the action as “employment termination of employee 235 effective May 11” sources close to the Borough indicate the retirement was that of the Borough Manager.
Municipal solicitor, Megan Turnbull, negotiated the retirement and said the move reflected “personal circumstances,” and was not a disciplinary action. Pompey has been on long-term leave since June 2021.
Council President Archie Brinza thanked the outgoing employee for her work.
“She started here a lot of years ago and did a lot of good for this place. I wish her nothing but health for her and her family,” Brinza said.
Pompey joined the McKees Rocks Borough administration in October of 2016. Prior to that, she served as assistant city treasurer with the City of Pittsburgh.
Changes to LeeAnn Wozniak’s title were not addressed during the meeting. She continues in her role as substitute manager having been promoted on June 2, 2021.
Mayor David Flick attended the meeting despite a recent bout with pneumonia and COVID-19. All members of the council including newly appointed members Maryann Holland and Frank McQuillan were in attendance.
Flick said he wasn’t able to confirm Pompey was the employee leaving, describing staffing matters as being enclosed in a “cone of silence.”