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Assistant manager in Doylestown Township takes top job in Souderton


Souderton Borough introduced its new manager, Stacy Crandell, this month. She starts Monday.

Crandell is the current assistant manager in Doylestown Township, a job she’s held since May 2022, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Council member Julie Munden, also head of the search committee for longtime manager Mike Coll’s replacement, said the group formed more than a year ago and narrowed the field to eight potential candidates.

During their eight interviews, one candidate seemed to shine with the potential to be Mike Coll’s successor and it was Crandell, she said.

The last time Souderton hired a borough manager was July 1984 and it was Coll. Crandell will be only Souderton’s fourth manager and the first woman to hold the position.

A reception welcoming her was held after adjournment of the September meeting.

In other September business, council accepted the resignation of councilwoman Courtnee L. Wampole, whose family moved to Wyoming. So far, the borough has received two letters of interest to fill the vacancy. An appointment is expected at Monday’s council meeting.

Jessica Cimini, Souderton Connects Manager, reported that the Third Friday events were going well and will conclude Oct. 21.

Preparations are underway for the Dec. 1 Souderton tree lighting. The new tree is going in a new location — next to the Univest Bank on Broad Street down the block from The Broad Theatre.

Also, she added, the Souderton Art Jam is Saturday.

Police Chief Brian Newhall reported that the BusPatrol program has recorded 37 violations since its April implementation, resulting in 17 citations.

Police have also issued several warnings and citations under the new noise ordinances covering loud mufflers and music. Newhall reminded council and the audience that, due to Route 309 construction, there will be detours in Souderton with closure of Souderton-Hatfield Pike. Estimated to last two to three years, construction will increase traffic issues on both Broad and Main streets.

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