LANCASTER, Penna. (Jan. 25, 2022) – The Manheim Township Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to appoint Rick Kane as the Township’s Manager/Secretary effective January 31.
Mr. Kane was the Chief of Manheim Township Fire and Rescue for 14.5 years and recently announced his departure for a position in the private sector. President DiMeo noted that Mr. Kane is a proven leader in the community and well respected among first responders and within the Township’s administrative offices.
Merging three independent volunteer stations into the 1st municipal combination fire rescue agency in Lancaster County, and authoring a comprehensive strategic plan for fire rescue services in Manheim Township are just a few of the many highlights of Mr. Kane’s career as MT Fire Chief. He was also awarded the Alan Brunacini Executive Safety Award in 2011 by the International Association for Fire Chiefs for safety leadership in MTFR and the fire service.
DiMeo stated in announcing the Board’s decision that Mr. Kane had transformed Manheim Township’s emergency services and would do the same for the Township as manager. “In partnership with the current Board of Commissioners and the Township’s talented team of professionals, Rick Kane will lead our efforts to formulate a comprehensive plan and forge a common vision to move our township forward,” Ms. DiMeo stated at the Board’s public meeting on Monday evening.
This will include challenging the status quo and practices of the past in an effort to improve the quality of life and the delivery of municipal services to Manheim Township residents.
The Manheim Township Manager leads daily operations of all municipal departments in the township including police, fire and emergency management services (EMS), public works, code enforcement, planning and zoning, finance, parks, recreation and library services.
Current Township Manager James Drumm is departing at the end of January. Mr. Drumm and the Board of Commissioners mutually agreed to the separation as there were differences with the vision for the Township moving forward. President DiMeo thanked Mr. Drumm for his service to the Township.