Cappelli to be new South Side manager

SUN-GAZETTE FILE PHOTO The state Rep. Steven Cappelli comments during a House Republican Policy Committee at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

South Williamsport Borough Council hired two seasoned officials to lead the borough administration.

Seasoned politician Steven W. Cappelli was hired Monday night as the borough manager. He will be paid a salary of $70,000 a year and replaces Michael Miller, who recently accepted the position of executive director at the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority.

Maria Maddy, former borough treasurer, was hired as the assistant borough manager. She will be paid $50,000 a year.

Borough Councilman David Geise, Cappelli’s brother-in-law, abstained in the manager vote.

The vote was 7-0, with one abstention and Councilman Robert Cronin, absent. Voting for the Cappelli and Maddy hirings were Bernard Schelb, Carl Nolan, Hilarie German, Cory Lehman, Joseph LaRue Jr., John Decker and Daniel Cupp, according to Joseph Orso, borough solicitor.

Cappelli was not in attendance at the council meeting.

Asked if he would continue volunteer duties as chairman of the water authority and vice chairman of the sanitary authority, Schelb, council president, said Cappelli hasn’t given an indication he planned to step down but that could change.

Cappelli was nominated to the authority by Mayor Gabriel J. Campana. Cappelli was mayor of Williamsport from 2000 to 2004 becoming a Republican member of the state House of Representatives from 2001 through 2009.

He did not run for reelection to the House in 2008, selecting to run for the party nomination for state senator.

Cappelli lost the primary to state Rep. Gene Yaw, of Loyalsock Township, who was elected state senator in the November 2008 general election.

Cappelli was succeeded in the House by Democrat Richard Mirabito, who presently serves as a Lycoming County commissioner.

In 2009, Cappelli accepted the position of regional vice president of Henry Dunn Inc., an insurance agency based in Towanda. It remains an incumbent insurer to the city.

Miller started to work earlier this month at the authority.