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Hiring of Tyrone Borough manager tops meeting agenda

Tyrone Borough Council has appointed a Nebraska man to fill the vacant borough manager’s position.
Nathan George, 30, of Elkhorn, Neb. was hired at last night’s council meeting with a unanimous vote in his favor. George will fill the position vacated in February by Alfred Drayovitch of Tyrone.
Mr. George comes to Tyrone Borough from Nebraska where he worked in city management. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with local government emphasis, according to a news release from Tyrone Borough. George also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University and an Associate in Arts Degree in General Education from Ricks College, Rexburg, Idaho.
His work experience also includes city management internships in both Utah and Nebraska. In his position in Elkhorn, he was responsible for grant writing, projected year-end forecasts, participated in a $12.6 million dollar budget process and developed department head performance evaluations, according to information released by Tyrone Borough last night.
He also worked as a research assistant for Community Development Block Grant funding. His work went so far as to perform in depth assessments of the state’s distribution of CDBG funds and several neighborhood revitalization projects at the Center for Public Affairs Research.
A consensus statement from Tyrone Borough indicates George will bring a vast knowledge of technical skills, including web design and site maintenance, statistical analysis, GIS and census data. He’ll also be responsible for installing and modifying building permit software, training the staff and providing software support.
He is also a member of the International City/County Management Association and a past Eagle Scout recipient and is fluent in Portuguese, having served a two-year volunteer service in Brazil.
Mr. George, his wife Melinda, and their 1-year-old son Robert are said to be looking forward to becoming an active part of the community of Tyrone, according to the borough news release. George was not in attendance at last night’s meeting but said he seemed pleased about the opportunity when reached by phone in Nebraska this morning.
“Wonderful, very excited,” said George when asked what he thought about his appointment as Tyrone Borough’s new manager through an unadvertised ordinance that was adopted at last night’s meeting.
George has made one visit to the area prior to his appointment and found Tyrone in his words, “a nice community with a government and council I’m impressed with, it has a council that wants to work with and has a strong feeling toward the community.”
He indicated he’ll be moving to Tyrone in about three weeks. George is expected to start his duties on Jan. 5, 2004 at a salary of $45,000.