|Howard Kutzler's last meeting is October 21|
Kutzler is a Konkrete Kid who graduated from Northampton High School and West Virginia University. He's been with the Township for 14 years, and serves as both Manager and Planning Director. He credits his grandfather and father for his interest in local government. His Dad is a police officer and his grandfather was Northampton's Mayor.
He's happy to have served in a Township that will have gone four years straight without a tax hike, mentioning that the proposed budget for next year will contain no tax hike. Under Kutzler, Planning and Zoning were consolidated into a single department. he also created one-stop shopping, where residents can do most of their business at one office of the Township. He has also learned to make do with less, serving a growing Township despite no increase in personnel since 2008.
"As a guy who interviewed and helped hire him, I'm disappointed," stated President Paul Weiss. "Howard's got to do what he's got to do. But we're losing a good one."
Lee Snover, who chairs the Planning Commission and has worked closely over the years with Kutzler, called his departure "a dagger in my heart." She called him the "lifeblood of the Township," the person who opens the doors in the morning and locks them at night. "I think he should be County Executive," she concluded.
Though Kutzler declines to say exactly where he's going, he confirmed he has no intentions of running for County Executive.