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City Administrator Taking New Job in School District

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
May 02, 2017
Posted in: McKeesport and Region News

After six and a half years, McKeesport city administrator Matt Gergely is leaving the job --- but not McKeesport --- behind.

McKeesport Area School Board last week named Gergely assistant to the business manager for grants and outside funding, beginning July 1, at a starting salary of $85,000. The contract runs through June 30, 2022.

A replacement for Gergely will have to be named by Mayor Mike Cherepko and McKeesport City Council. The topic is likely to be an item for discussion at Wednesday's city council meeting.

"It was a very tough decision for me, being loyal to the city and the mayor, but in the end it seemed to be the right choice for myself and my family," Gergely said Tuesday. The move was made after discussion with Cherepko and other city officials, he said, and is being made on good terms.

"Everyone here has been very nice about it, and it's been kind of overwhelming, which is a little humbling," he said.

Gergely described himself as "very excited" to move into a role at the school district where, he said, he hopes to help strengthen the working relationship between the city and the school system.

But, Gergely said, he's also sad to leave city hall --- especially when, he said, positive steps that have been taken by the administration over the past few years are beginning to pay off.

"I feel like everything is really falling into place right now in the city, and you're going to see a lot of positive things happening soon," he said. "It's one of those things that makes it kind of hard to leave."

Council meets on the second floor of the public safety building (old municipal building) at 6 p.m. Wednesday for an agenda-setting meeting, with the regular business meeting following at 7 p.m.

Editor's Note: Freelance writer Mary Shelly contributed to this story.

Originally published May 02, 2017.

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