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Daily Local News - News - 04/10/2006 - Council to vote on manager
Questions began emerging last week with a copy of the meeting's agenda that called for the appointment of Harry Walker as city manager.
...According to published reports, Walker was asked to leave a previous job as economic development director in Wilmington, Del., in 2000 because of slow progress on redevelopment projects.The News Journal of Wilmington
also reported that Walker
came under scrutiny in his
previous position for thousands of dollars in questionable expenses that he
billed to the city.Currently, Walker serves as managing director of Walker Marketing Group, a private consulting group for new business development.
In May 2002, Walker Marketing Group
received a $50,000 consulting fee to devise revitalization projects for Newburgh, N.Y.'s Industrial Development Agency
(IDA), according to published reports in the Times Herald-Record.In October of that year, Walker was hired as the city's economic development director, only to be fired two weeks later, according to reports.
In 2004, while NewBurgh was in the midst of its own city manager search, the IDA shot down plans to create a $90,000-a-year position for Walker
According to a March 31, 2004, report in the Times Herald-Record, "(MayorNick) Valentine said the decision was a nondecision: no job description.No office.No accountability.No money to pay him." If council approves Walker, he will be the acting city manager for a 60-day probationary period.After that time is up, if council doesn't take any action, he will automatically become city manager.
Daily Local News - News - 04/07/2006 - City manager position not advertised
Harry Walker, the man Coatesville City Council is eyeing for city manager, left his previous job in Wilmington, Del., because of slow progress on redevelopment projects, according to published reports.
...Council is set to vote on appointing Walker, a Pittsburgh native who served as Wilmington's economic development director from 1998 to 2000.
was asked to resign from that position due to project delays and questionable expenses that he
billed to the city, according to reports in the News Journal of Wilmington
"Since July 1998, Walker
has charged more than $10,000 in expenses without submitting receipts or expense reports explaining the business purpose behind them.His
pursuit of a Jazz Hall of Fame museum has taken him across the nation on trips," a Dec. 19, 1999, News Journal report said.
An audit showed that Walker
owed more than $1,200 for items including $300 for a staff Christmas party, $285 for wine purchased for a trade show and $575 in finance charges, and late fees, according to the report.In a Jan. 20, 2000, report in the News Journal, then-Wilmington Mayor James Sills Jr. said under Walker, the city's revitalization was not moving fast enough.
According to the report, "Sills said he asked Harry Walker
to resign in part because of slow progress on city projects.
...Currently, Walker serves as managing director of Walker Marketing Group, a private consulting group for new business development.
At least two city council members said Thursday that, given the reports, Walker
did not sound like the kind of leader Coatesville needs.
"He is not the one," Eggleston said, referring to Walker
Around the end of March, Richardson said Walker
submitted, through Lehr, a release form for the background check.
...If council approves Walker, he will be the acting city manager for a 60-day probationary period.After that time is up, if council doesn't take any action, he will automatically become city manager.
Daily Local News - News - 04/06/2006 - Coatesville to name city manager
According to the agenda of the upcoming meeting, which was released Wednesday, council will vote to appoint Harry Walker as the city's acting city manager/city manager at a salary of $85,260.
...Walker, a Pittsburgh native, has prior municipal experience in economic development and served as the economic development director for the city of Wilmington, Del., from 1998 to 2000, Lehr said.
...From 2000 to present, Walker has been the managing director of Walker Marketing Group.
The company, which has offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, acts as a consultant to the private sector and government regarding new business development.Walker has a master's of business administration degree from the Harvard Business School and has worked for Fortune 500 companies.
Councilman Martin Eggleston said that he
had seen Walker's resume, although he
hasn't participated in any interviews.Eggleston said that he
wasn't aware that the city manager's job had been posted.
Harold Walker (1918-2004)
influence has continued since his
home-going. He is a living legacy of faith. For me he
stands alongside others in Hebrew's famous "Hall of Faith" chapter. I first met Harold
in 1984 when I met his
and I were married in 1985.
came to the Lord through the influence of Nita Fulsom. Harold and Jack Fulsom were Navy buddies in World War 2.
learned the biblical principle of 10% tithing to the Lord through the storehouse (the Church). And he
began to give systematically, faithfully and obediently. However, out of his
gratitude to Christ, expressed in phrases such as, "The Lord has been so good to me and has forgiven me" he
determined that 10% was a minimum, not a maximum of his
obedience. And he
made a commitment that if God expected 10% that he
would give 20% because of the overwhelming goodness of God. And that is what he
whole life. Often it was sacrificial, yet the 20% tithe was always the first fruit of every paycheck. His
understanding of stewardship was not limited to his
was a dedicated layman.
He always supported his pastor and the Church. He was the kind of layman that every Pastor hoped to have.
time to the work of the church, and gave of his
time to others.
Touch: Some folks give generously, share their talents freely, and give of their time frequently, but they do it reluctantly and without joy. Stewardship reminds us that we should give of our talents, treasure and time with a joyful heart. Harold always demonstrated the joy of the Lord. And I'm convinced he did so because he had learned the real meaning of stewardship: "God owns everything" and he was merely a manager of the resources (time, talent, treasure) the Lord entrusted to him.
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