Dwight Boddorf was approved as the new Stowe secretary at the regular Nov. 9 meeting.
By Chadwick Dolgos
Stowe commissioners unanimously approved the hiring of Dwight Boddorf to replace Nick Martini as the new township secretary during their regular meeting Nov. 9.
Six potential candidates were reportedly considered for the position, but commissioners said they knew Boddorf was the right man for the job immediately after his interview.
“If I say he came in prepared, I’m understating it,” said Darrel Chestnutt, vice president of the board.
“The thing that stood out the most was the knowledge he had about Stowe Township, and he doesn’t even live here. He knew the population, the crime rate, and the school district. We were blown away by his knowledge.”
Boddorf is a former marine who currently resides in Bellevue. He previously served as Chief Veterans Affairs Officer for Allegheny County. He will be replacing current secretary Nick Martini, who was recently elected as a magistrate for a district spanning Pittsburgh’s western city neighborhoods.
“We’re going to miss Nick, he was a very good secretary to us.” Chestnutt said. “When he came in, nobody knew which way was up, and he kind of pulled that all together.”
According to Chestnutt, when Martini became secretary in November 2018, the township was using outdated technology and things were very disorganized. Martini played a major role in updating the technology and getting Stowe “back on track.”
“Dwight’s coming into a much better situation than Nick did,” said Chestnutt.
Boddorf will shadow Martini for the next month before becoming the full-time secretary when Martini is sworn in to his new office mid-December.
Boddorf was hired at a starting annual salary of $65,000.