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Stowe names new township secretary

Roberta Farls replaces Dwight Boddorf as Stowe Township Secretary. 


By Elizabeth Perry

Roberta Farls replaces outgoing Stowe Township Secretary Dwight Boddorf.

Farls was initially hired in June as the police secretary. She was appointed at the Aug. 10 meeting at a salary of $65,000 a year to be township secretary as well and was approved as the official Right to Know Officer.

Farls is an associate pastor at Christ Community United Methodist Church on Chartiers Avenue in McKees Rocks and was an associate pastor at Sheraden United Methodist Church, which burnt down in 2019. Farls said she has been a paramedic for 35 years, worked as an office manager in hospitals and has been a certified lay minister since 2009. She was interested in transitioning from the medical field and took the opportunity to work for the township.

Boddorf, who was hired by Stowe in November 2021, resigned citing his need to be closer to family. According to the Valley News Dispatch, Boddorf was hired at a salary of $89,000 to become Tarentum Borough’s new manager. His start date there is Sept. 1

His resignation was the third for Stowe’s municipal management team since the start of the year.

Code Enforcement Officer Nick Leffakis left July 1 blaming staffing issues and what he called “over-involvement” from Commissioner Kelly Cropper Hall. Leffakis’ predecessor Harry Serretti stepped away in January, citing “safety concerns.”

At the Aug. 8 workshop meeting, Cropper Hall added a request for a bulletproof vest for code enforcement officer Edward Snyder to protect him while he knocked on doors, delivering ordinance violations.

Cropper Hall also asked if there needed to be an advertisement to hire a new person to focus on trash violations or if they should, “find somebody in the neighborhood.” Board President Robin Parilla said both.

The purchase of a vest was approved Aug. 9.

In additional news, the township approved a switch from Hudson Energy to Duquesne Light as its energy supplier.

The board also ratified the transfer of $400,000 from the EIT account to the General Fund for general township operations and expenses.


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