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Finance director, engineer no longer with city government

The city finance director/River Valley Transit general manager and city engineer are no longer employees of the city, Mayor Derek Slaughter confirmed.

William E. Nichols Jr., the one time director of city administration and finance director under former Mayor Gabriel J. Campana, had worked for the city for 40 years until Wednesday when he was no longer employed.

Nichols was not paid for his work as finance director, one of the highest paid employees in the city, according to salary detail. His salary as River Valley Transit general manager was about $100,000.

Joseph Pawlak, city fiscal and budget officer, was in attendance at City Council Thursday night on behalf of the finance department.

Mark Benner, the former civil engineer with streets and parks department, also was let go on Wednesday. Benner was paid $64,000 a year at the time.

Benner was selected by Campana without council input. Benner said he was trying to become an engineer certified by the state and was preparing for several tests.

Benner had worked for more than 20 years with the state Department of Transportation but was prohibited from working on PennDOT projects for about a year under an agreement with the city.

Further details will be forthcoming in Saturday’s edition.