Emmaus Borough Manager Resigns

Borough manager Craig Neely reads letter of resignation at Monday night’s Emmaus Borough Council meeting.

will end his career as Emmaus borough manager just shy of his three-year anniversary in the job, if council chooses to accept a letter of resignation from Neely dated Oct. 28.

Neely read the letter, addressed to Emmaus Mayor Winfield Iobst and council, aloud during Monday night’s meeting, publicly announcing his intent to resign as borough manager effective Dec. 6, 2011.

Neely asked council to refrain from voting on his resignation until , as he has been asked by some Emmaus officials to stay on in some capacity through the end of the year.

Neely, who began his career as Emmaus borough manager in January 2009, has been involved with Emmaus government since 1998, when he began serving on Emmaus Borough Council.

“In 1997, I ran for Borough Council because the town was awash with negativity, agitated by a small group of malcontents that I believed were ruining my hometown,” Neely wrote in his resignation letter. “(After being elected to council), I devoted a substantial portion of my life to restoring the public’s confidence in government and ensuring that Emmaus became a progressive community, looking to the future with optimism about where our teamwork among Council, community, and the public would take us.”

Following an executive session, council voted unanimously to begin advertising the borough manager position.

Marie L Kirk November 08, 2011 at 03:56 PM
Dear Mr. Neely, I can't thank you enough for all you have done for the borough of Emmaus. You have had the most positive influence on our community and I am sorry to hear of your resignation. Thank you for all you did in restoring and maintaining the beauty of Emmaus Community Park. Best wishes in whatever you choose to do next! Marie L Kirk
JR November 08, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Craig, well done. Always the "open door guy" and always on my "John's Pals List." Good job! My lawyer retired so I am putting my name on your client list for new customers if you'll agree to represent a cranky old man.
Craig Neely November 08, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Marie: Thank you very much. You live in a special part of town that you and your families and neighbors rightfully protect as a sanctuary. It has been my pleasure to serve you over the years. Craig
Chris DeFrain November 09, 2011 at 12:03 AM
Craig, good luck in your next endeavor. We may have disagreed on a few items but I always felt as if you had Emmaus's best interest at heart. John says it best in that you always took phone calls and left visitors in your office. You were not one who hid behind closed doors and secretaries. That says a lot about a person.
Lyle Richardson November 09, 2011 at 02:39 AM
Craig, I wish you the best in your future. I enjoyed working with you the short time I was on the recreation commission.
John Pospischil November 09, 2011 at 09:58 AM
Good luck Craig. You helped to restore sanity to Emmaus. The borough will miss you greatly. Thanks for all you've done. John Pospischil
Nancy O'Keefe November 09, 2011 at 11:54 AM
Good luck to you, Craig. In the short time I've lived in Emmaus, I've seen the effects of the really good work you did. You are extremely talented and insightful. The town will benefit from your wisdom for a long time. Thank you for everything.
Grant P. Nunn II November 09, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Where is the bike skate park Neely? You and that lady promised and then forgot about when you both got elected.
matt November 09, 2011 at 02:56 PM
surprised? they all have memory loss when elected.
careless fills November 09, 2011 at 04:09 PM
@Reality - obviously the last position of borough manager was as a hired hand. But the article mentions that he was an elected Emmaus borough councilman starting in 1998. Perhaps Grant Nunn was referring to promises made during that period,and perhaps he can speak for himself on that. It does get a little confusing with Mr. Neely's career path first as an elected official and then as an employee for the same municipality.
Grant P. Nunn II November 09, 2011 at 11:11 PM
I rest my case.


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