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Hilltown Township Manager Lorraine Leslie retires


Lorraine Leslie is calling time on her decades of public service.

The longtime official is retiring after nearly 32 years of playing a pivotal role in the guiding and safeguarding of Hilltown’s financial position and operations.

Beginning with the township in 1992, Leslie has been finance director and township manager/treasurer over her years with the Upper Bucks County municipality. She has officially retired.

“Lorraine has faithfully and expertly served our township for decades,” said Caleb Torrice, chair of the three-person board of supervisors that locally governs Hilltown. “We’re happy for her, and we wish her the best in this new part of her life.”

Hilltown is now searching for a new township manager to replace Leslie.

Supervisor Joseph Metzinger, an accountant by trade, has taken up the mantle of interim township treasurer. Finance Director Marianne Egan is serving as assistant treasurer, Torrice said.

There’s not a definite time frame yet for replacing Leslie, but Torrice said the search is underway.

“We’re advertising for the manager position and actively looking for candidates,” Torrice said.

Officials noted that Leslie was a key part of a township leadership team whose acumen is a big reason that Hilltown has not increased the local municipal property tax rate for 13 straight years.

As the search for a replacement plays out, supervisors will be collaborating closely with township staff to ensure the sound administration of the township’s operations and finances, officials said.

“We are,” said Torrice,” in very good hands with the staff that we have.”

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