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Sharpsburg officials hire new manager, public works foreman

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Christine DeRunk of Shaler and Joel Carmody of Aspinwall were recently hired as Sharpsburg borough manager and public works foreman, respectively.

DeRunk starts her new job Sept. 19.

Interim Manager Jason Dailey is expected to help with the transition for at least a few weeks and possibly through October to prepare for budget discussions.

“This is budget season, so there is a lot to do going into the last quarter of the year,” Dailey said. “We’re wrapping up a bunch of projects. Those things may linger as I’m wrapping up my time with the borough.”

DeRunk was selected from nine candidates.

“Christine was a very impressive candidate with an outstanding resume,” Councilwoman Sarah Ishman said.

“She was incredible in the interview, and is going to be such a tremendous asset to all of us and (the residents),” Mayor Brittany Reno said.

DeRunk was most recently Verona’s borough secretary.

DeRunk taught physics at various schools from 2000 to 2015, including a five-year stint at Horace Mann School in Riverdale, N.Y. She also served as a grant writer and science department chair for Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh before becoming an administrative intern for Upper St. Clair.

Her other jobs included a solutions analyst for Business Forward and as the housing and community development specialist for Mullin & Lonergan Associates.

DeRunk thanked council for the opportunity and told them she was eager to get to work.

“At the end of the day, it’s about serving the residents and I can’t wait to get started,” she said.

Her starting salary in Sharpsburg is $85,000.

Verona Council members said she was a tremendous asset to the borough.

Carmody was to start Aug. 29 at a rate of $22.50 per hour. He will not formally take over as the new department head until current foreman Jack Dellert retires in October.

Dellert was appointed foreman in late July following the departure of public works director Jordan D’Ambrosio, who left Sharpsburg that month for a new job with higher pay and bigger workforce in Swissvale.

Carmody worked as a manager of RNR Tire Express & Custom Wheels in Monroeville the past 11 years. He also served as a football coach for Guyasuta Area Youth Football and has an associate’s degree in automotive technology from Rosedale Technical College.

Carmody said he worked in construction for about 19 years in Colorado Springs, Colo. prior to moving to Pennsylvania.

“I look forward to working hard and working with all you guys,” Carmody told council.

Sharpsburg Councilman Jonathan Jaso said he was excited about the new hires.

“I look forward to the energy and new ideas and perspectives that they both bring to their positions,” Jaso said. “It’s a great time in the borough, and we are indeed moving in a positive direction.”

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .



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