At the close of Wednesday night's Lower Southampton Board of Supervisors meeting, it was announced that township manager Ted Taylor had been terminated from his position and that Thursday, Nov. 15 would be his last day.
Board Chairman John McMenamin told Taylor during the meeting that he and the board appreciated his service to Lower Southampton and him being "upfront and forward" with them.
Taylor has served as the township manager for five years, however, according to him, he was terminated due to "political differences" with the Board of Supervisors.
Supervisors Ed Shannon and Keith Wesley said the termination stemmed from "communication issues."
McMenamin elaborated and said Taylor's firing came from "more of a divide" between the Supervisors and the manager.
The Supervisors held an executive session during a recess from the meeting October 24. Following the executive session, the supervisors reconvened to publically vote on Taylor's termination that night. That gave Taylor 30 days notice, McMenamin said.
McMenamin could not give Patch an idea of how long it would take to find a new township manager.
"It really depends on the candidates you have," he said, noting that it took Middletown Township several years to find a new manager and other nearby townships just a few months.
Until the township is able to hire a replacement, McMenamin will be performing "necessary functions to operate the township with as much continuity as possible." McMenamin will not be paid for this.
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