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Oakmont Council to Interview Jensen for Borough Manager Position

Oakmont Borough Council President Tim Milberger announced council will interview acting borough manager Lisa Cooper Jensen for the permanent position.

Lisa Cooper Jensen, who has been serving as acting borough manager since Bruce Jamison the position in April, will be interviewed soon for consideration as the permanent borough manager of Oakmont, Council President Tim Milberger said at Monday’s council meeting.

“Ms. Jensen is a strong candidate,” Milberger said. “It was a unanimous decision by council to proceed and take her through the hiring process for the position.”

According to Milberger, Jensen has 25 years experience working with the borough.

Milberger said council worked through the hiring process for the borough manager position at last week’s work session deciding on a number of actions that needed to be completed when hiring for the position.

These include:

  • Reviewing the existing borough manager job description.
  • Deciding on the type of search that would be performed—internal, external or both.
  • Advertising for the position, if necessary.
  • Creating a personnel committee to facilitate the process to which Council Vice President Nancy Ride and Councilmember Elena Colianni were appointed.
  • Conducting a series of interviews.

“Since we have such a strong candidate in Ms. Jensen, we decided at this time to only accept internal candidates,” Milberger said, “and Ms. Jensen is the only candidate we’re considering right now.”

Jensen will have her first interview soon. Milberger said council will then decide at the July work session meeting if she’ll be hired or if council should look at more internal candidates, if available, or advertise for external applicants and start the interview process again.

“We’re working through the process and trying to be as open as we can,” Milberger said. “We’ll have a chance to hear from the public at the [July] work session. People are welcome to come to that public meeting.”

Milberger would not comment any further on his or council’s opinion of Jensen’s qualifications. He said he wants to make sure the other council members hear his opinion and vice versa on the matter.

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Kathy McGrath McQuillan June 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Lisa Jensen is an excellent choice!
Paula A. Calabrese June 14, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Based on what criteria?
Kathy McGrath McQuillan June 15, 2012 at 01:29 PM
She has worked for the borough for a very long time, knows our town extremely well and is an incredible person.
Paula A. Calabrese June 15, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I predict that the next headline will read: Oakmont Council HIRES Jensen for Borough Manager Position. Let's be honest! It's a done deal! Why the charade? Why pretend that there is really a process in place? We all know that Council will do whatever it wants to do. At least have the courage to eliminate the pretense!
Ernie June 15, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I find it surprising that the Boro is interviewing an internal candidate with all of the recent hub bub about our failure to maintain a qualified Manager for any length of time since the retirement of Mrs. Brown. I understand the advantages involved with the internal candidate, but the article makes ZERO mention of her Credentials to be our Boro Manager. One poster responded that whe is a good person, knows our town, etc...is that the Credential Requirments the Boro has identified in the recently developed Job Description for the position? This seems a bit weak to me.
Paula A. Calabrese June 15, 2012 at 06:28 PM
And what do those things have to do with knowledge, skills, work ethic, education and experience? The borough is not an employment agency. It's a business that should be run by professionally prepared, service-oriented people.
Paula A. Calabrese June 15, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I absolutely agree. If longevity at a job is a criterion for employment, Council should select the person who's been employed there the longest. Credentials comes from the Latin word "credo" which refers to "beliefs, believability." Credentials are the preparation in terms of education and experience that make an applicant a believable candidate that can be trusted to do a credible job with tax payers' money
Ethel Branson June 20, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I am not comfortable with the borough foregoing a formal search for a new manager. I have never met Mrs. Jensen, but I find myself concerned by the fact that she was the assistant for four managers who failed. Did she offer her professional support to them? If so, why did all four choose to ignore her? If not, why would she deserve to be promoted for not doing her job and essentially sabotaging her bosses? These are questions I would like answered before we would see her as our permanent manager. As other people posted, I would also like to see more credentials than longevity.
Kathy McGrath McQuillan June 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Excuse me, Ms. Calabrese, but I don't think you know me well enough to attack my OPINION. I have been a resident of Oakmont since July, 1980. I have known many wonderful people of Oakmont who were quiet leaders and wonderful contributers, and yet never held any title. I know Lisa Jenson. I know she would be incredible as Borough Manager. That is my opinion, and I don't think it is up to you to question my opinion. If you had a better candidate in mind, then perhaps you should speak with the council instead of trashing them on here? Not a very community-oriented thing to do. We need to support one another and lift each other up. Why be so negative?
BM June 21, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Paula, why not save your breath and make these arguments at a council meeting if you have such a deep interest in this selection process. I suppose because you attach PhD to your name you are entitled to have the last word on here? The picture is self-serving enough, we get it, you went to school for a really long time.
Zandy Dudiak June 22, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Let's try to keep the comments civil and discuss issues, not criticize people personally.

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