Crafton has named a new borough manager.
Crafton council voted 6-0, with the mayor’s affirmative support, Jan. 12 to hire James T. (Jim) Price, 49, of Scott Township, as the new borough manager, effective Jan. 23.
Price’s contract will run through Jan. 2, 2024, a requirement of state law due to the reorganization meeting at the beginning of the year. Doug Sample, interim borough manager since January 2021, will move to the assistant manager role.
Sample calls the move "great news" allowing him to focus on his passion for infrastructure.
Council selected Price through an executive search firm from a national slate of 10 candidates after several interviews and meetings. Council President John Oliverio said that council members were impressed by Price’s municipal knowledge, education, diverse background and commitment.
Price comes to Crafton from Sustainable Pittsburgh where he is the Senior Program Manager working with municipalities across the state to improve community sustainability along with providing resources to positively impact social, economic, and environmental outcomes.
“As we move Crafton forward, we are excited to utilize Mr. Price’s extensive experience and education…,” said Oliverio in a release.
“His background with sustainability, planning, municipal government, grants, and project work along with his extensive network throughout the state will bring much-needed improvements to the borough now and into the future.”
Olivero also thanked Sample “for his strong commitment to Crafton as interim borough manager.”
Price holds a masters in international development with a focus on development planning and environmental sustainability from the University of Pittsburgh, and bachelor's degrees in political science and history from Cleveland State University.
“I am humbled by and excited for the opportunity to serve Crafton, and the families, businesses, and institutions that call the borough home,” said Price in the release.
“I have long admired the 130-year-old borough, with its tree-lined cobblestone streets, walkable business district, and excellent transportation options. I look forward to working with the borough staff, elected officials, and the community to continue providing excellent services and build upon the foundation that has been laid.”