Manchester Clerk-Treasurer Paul Kolar has resigned to accept a position in York, Pa., Town Manager Terry Short said Tuesday.
Mr. Kolar, 38, said yesterday that he will become an assistant revenue officer with the City of York as of April 5. He said he will continue to work full time in Manchester until March 26. Mr. Kolar, clerk-treasurer since April 1992, said he will stay on part time at least through April.
"I hate to see him go," said Mayor Earl A.J. "Tim" Warehime Jr. "He's done well."
He said Mr. Kolar will be around long enough to help train a new person and to help with end-of-month and end-of-quarter paperwork.
Mr. Short said he was "deeply saddened" by Mr. Kolar's departure.
"Paul's been wonderful to work with," he said. "And he's put in an extraordinary amount of effort."
He said Manchester had been "most fortunate" to have Mr. Kolar.
"I think he's going to be very difficult to replace," Mr. Short said.
Mr. Kolar said he was taking the new post for a combination of reasons. He said he and his wife, Patricia, are expecting a baby in April.
"The baby kind of changed everything," he said.
He said the new job will pay more money, "which comes in handy, especially with a baby on the way."
He said the health insurance provided by the City of York is cheaper.
He also said he is looking forward to having more well-defined, specific duties at his new job. The hours will be more structured, he said, and he won't have to attend evening meetings.
In Manchester, he said, his job included "a little of everything."
He said, "I get tired of people playing tag, and I'm always 'it.' "
"It's been a challenge working here," Mr. Kolar said. "I've thoroughly enjoyed working with Terry [Short]. He tries to pull the best out of people. I've learned a lot from him."
The City of York, which had a population in 1990 of 42,192, is much larger than Manchester, whose 1990 population was 2,829.
Mr. Kolar said, "Frankly, I find that in larger organizations, the workload tends to be less."
Mr. Kolar and his wife live in Manheim, Pa. He said the new job will increase his commute to work by about 15 minutes.
Mr. Kolar said there is a lot going on right now in Manchester, such as the expansion of the sewage treatment system, the capital improvement planning process and the town's rapid growth.
"The town's growing up," Mr. Kolar said, "and I think we need the staff to be able to handle it."