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Newtown Borough appoints Delco administrator as first city manager

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NEWTOWN BOROUGH, PA – The Newtown Borough Council voted unanimously Tuesday to hire a borough manager from Delaware County as its first borough manager and treasurer.

Craig Totaro, who has served as borough manager in Lansdowne Borough for the past 16 years and has been working as interim administrator for Rutledge Borough since February, will take the administrative helm in Newtown Borough effective May 28 at an annual salary of $140,000.

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While serving as manager, Lansdowne was recognized in 2023 with Governor’s Awards for Local Excellence for three projects: an urban bike loop, a Gateway Slope Pathway and more.

According to local news reports, Totaro was also successful in securing and overseeing numerous grants during his tenure with the council, including for a theater project and a planned veterans program.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Councilwoman Julia Woldorf, who made the motion to hire Totaro. ‘We’ve been talking about having a district manager since about 2007. And I’m so happy that the church has come this far.

“I am also very excited about Mr. Tataro,” Woldorf added. “He presented himself very well (during the interview process). He will bring excellent experience, knowledge and skills and will be a great leader in moving Newtown Borough forward in a better direction.”

Councilman Josh Phillips agreed. “Mr. Tataro’s resume is very impressive. He will bring both great skills and a great attitude to the council. I look forward to working with him. And I can’t wait for everyone to meet him.”

Board President Emily Heinz added: “Not only is Mr. Tataro very well qualified and will bring all his skills and expertise to the table, he is very excited to be joining us. He is also excited to solve the puzzle to bring us to a new form of government.”

Until now, the municipality has operated with a full-time municipal manager and a full-time municipal treasurer, with volunteer council members providing oversight.

Although the Council had debated adding the position in the past, it was the announced resignation of longtime council treasurer Pat Ours in 2023 that brought the idea back to the council table last year.

Instead of filling Ons’ position, the council began a search for a city manager to assume administrative and financial leadership of the municipality. The city hired the nonprofit Meyner Center to assist with the search and recruitment process.

However, the council suspended its search at the end of the year and handed the process over to the new council. The new board resumed the search in January with a new executive search committee and with the continued assistance of the Meyner Center.

The council’s executive search committee included Mayor John Burke, Council President Heinz and council members Mary Ellen Reymond and Julia Woldorf.