The township manager for Upper Makefield has resigned unexpectedly, officials confirmed to NewtownPANow.com Friday.
East Rockhill-resident Jim Pascale submitted his resignation via a letter Wednesday. The letter did not give a reason for his sudden resignation from the job that paid just over $100,000, Assistant Township Manager Judy Caporiccio said.
Pascale made no mention of his resignation at the most recent township Board of Supervisors meeting and was not immediately available for comment early Friday afternoon.
“Basically, this came as a surprise to us,” said Dan Rattigan, chairman of the board of supervisors. “He was very well liked by the board and the staff. He put in a lot of hours at the township.”
Pascale, a father of five and grandfather of three, was hired by Upper Makefield in January after he returned from handling a township manager position in South Palm Beach, Florida. For the decades before that, Pascale served as a municipal administrator in New Jersey and served in Princeton Township for three decades.
Rattigan said Caporiccio will fill the township manager role for now and will work with Upper Makefield’s experienced department heads to put together a 2017 budget.
At the October 4 meeting, the Board of Supervisors will discuss putting an interim township manager in place and look for a replacement for the position.