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Ross Township Losing Parks and Recreation Director

Pete Geis resigned Thursday night.

Longtime Ross Township Parks and Recreation director Pete Geis resigned Thursday to accept a new position as head of Cranberry's Parks and Recreation department. 

"This is a tremendous loss for Ross Township," said Ross Commissioner Gerald O'Brien. "Pete is a great guy, if we can find someone half as smart, competent, and hard-working as Pete, we will be doing okay."

Geis was responsible the operation and maintenance of Ross Township's 23 parks and recreation areas. He also played a key role in annual events such as the Easter Egg hunt, the summer fishing tournament, the 4th of July celebration, and Ross Community Day.

Cranberry hired Geis after a yearlong hunt, including a nationwide search, for a new recreation director.

The township parted ways with former director Mike Diehl in November 2011.

Cranberry manager Jerry Andree said Geis was offered the position after an extensive evaluation process that included five interviews, including undertaking an assignment that culminated with a presentation to a group of managers. 

"Pete exhibits the level of professionalism, leadership and passion that we have been seeking to lead our community's extensive parks and recreation program," Andree said. "We are pleased that Pete has accepted the challenge to lead our park and recreation program."

Andree said Geis' appointment will be ratified at the next Cranberry Board of Supervisors meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center.

Geis will be paid a salary of $75,500, Andree said.

He will begin his new job in mid-March. 

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Mike Johnston February 22, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Good Luck Pete!
Mara Addison February 22, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Agreed, Pete leaving is a huge loss for Ross Township. Shocking news. Too bad we couldn't have kept him on some how. I wish Pete all the best--he deserves it--and I hope he knows he leaves with the thanks of a very grateful community.
John Schalcosky February 22, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Good luck Pete! This is a big loss for Ross Township. I worked for Pete for a few years & couldn't have asked for a better boss! I just hope they hire Vickey Trader to fill his steps - she deserves it for ALL of the wonderful work she has done for Ross over the years as the assistant Parks & Rec Director.
Sue Dziubinski February 23, 2013 at 05:38 AM
Congratulations on your new position. You were the best boss I ever had and I know you will be missed. I hope Vickey gets the job, she deserves it! Love ya, Susie
Beth A. Wisniewski February 23, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Pete, This is a tremendous loss for Ross Twp. Parks and Rec. Dept. I enjoyed working with you on many projects, events and I wish you the "best" with Cranberry Twp. We will miss you, my friend!

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