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John M. Barrett, the manager of Baldwin Borough for the past eight years, is set to become South Fayette Township Manager on Jan. 2, 2019.
The South Fayette Township Board of Commissioners voted Nov. 14 to appoint him and approve an employment contract with an initial annual salary of $123,000.
South Fayette Township commissioner Joseph Horowitz said Mr. Barrett has strong skills related to budgeting, personnel and other areas of local government. “We’re very excited to have him,” Mr. Horowitz said. “He is the perfect fit.”
Mr. Barrett, of Upper St. Clair, has served in municipal government for more than 12 years, plus about eight years in roles dealing with local government, nonprofit programs and economic development.
“I’m excited for this opportunity,” Mr. Barrett said. “South Fayette is a growing community with a reputation for providing quality services to its residents. I can’t wait to join the team.”
Mr. Barrett is recipient of the 2018 Joseph A. James Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Government Administration from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission. The award recognizes municipal government officials for exemplary management and professionalism.
Since 2010, Mr. Barrett has been manager of Baldwin Borough, where he has been responsible for directing a $22 million budget, coordinating 45 full-time employees and serving 20,000 residents.
He formerly was Executive Director of Friendship Development Associates Inc., a Community Development Corporation (2009 to 2010), as well as Chief Administrator of the Municipality of Murrysville (2006 to 2009), Director of Programs with the Local Government Academy (2003 to 2006) and Director of Operations for the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (1998 to 2002).
He has completed Policy Analysis and Administration coursework at Duquesne University’s Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. A native of the Pittsburgh area, he had graduated from Gateway Senior High School in Monroeville.
Mr. Barrett serves on the board of the Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management and is a member of the International City/County Management Association and other professional organizations.
He and his wife, Julie, have two daughters, Jamie, 12, and Jadyn, 9.
Mr. Barrett replaces Ryan T. Eggleston, who departed South Fayette Township in April for a position in North Carolina.