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Posted on: January 27, 2020

Kennett Township Continues Restructuring with Staff Changes

Three Kennett Township employees will depart as part of an ongoing plan to reshape the structure of the township to better meet current and future needs, according to Eden Ratliff, Kennett Township Manager. 


“The township also conducted a thorough review,” Ratliff said, “to determine the best path forward to restore trust and confidence in all parts of Township operations and services. We believe that putting in place a new team will be an important and vital step toward that objective.“ 


“In addition, we are continuing to realign the functioning of the entire township to make it more efficient, more responsive and better able to adapt to the changing needs of a modern, growing township,” according to Ratliff. 


“The township is shifting its priorities and its teams more towards planning, governance and stricter, more robust financial management and controls,” Ratliff said. “These are areas that are overdue for change.”


 The personnel changes were difficult as they involved long-time employees. “We appreciate the efforts of the three employees over the years,” Supervisor Chair Dr. Richard Leff said. “Kennett Township has a relatively small staff and we all work closely together.” 


During the past eight months, Leff continued, “The Supervisors and the management team instituted a process to determine how to better serve our constituents. We believe staffing needs to be changed.” 


On Friday, Ratliff initiated the separation of three administrative employees. “Change is difficult, but necessary, when realigning an organization to set it up for long-term success,” Ratliff said. Leff noted at the January 15 Supervisors meeting that “substantial changes” have already been completed. Ratliff has reorganized four departments and is continuing the process, Leff said. 


At the Wednesday, February 5, 2020, Board of Supervisors meeting, Ratliff will provide further information on changes to Township staffing, structure and operations.

 The Supervisors meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, in the Township Building, 801 Burrows Run Road, Kennett Square PA.

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