Lehighton Borough Director Resigns to Take Lafayette College Job | Poconos and Coal Region


LEHIGHTON, Pa. — The Lehighton borough superintendent of 11 years will quit his job to take a position at Lafayette College.

Nicole Beckett made the announcement at a special borough council meeting on Wednesday.

She will become Associate Director of Public Service at the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government in Lafayette.

His last day at Lehighton will be May 20. In January, the board approved a renewed one-year deal with Beckett for a salary of $97,031.

“My end goal has always been to work in academia,” said Beckett, who started in local government as deputy clerk/treasurer for Rush Township, Schuylkill County, when she was 21. She also served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Borough of Lansford for over six years. before starting at Lehighton as Treasurer in 2010.

“While I was working full time, I continued my education until I got my master’s degree in public administration,” Beckett said.

She said the Lafayette position is “just a fantastic fit for me because it puts me in that academic setting and also allows me to be a practitioner in my field.”

Beckett said the borough council would hold a special meeting this month to decide how to replace her.

“It’s been great working with Nicole,” said Board Vice Chairman Lisa Perry, who served on the board for more than half of Beckett’s term. “I’m sad to see her go. I think Lehighton will be a little sadder because she’s leaving. But I understand why she’s leaving and I commend everyone who is willing to improve.”

Beckett said that through all the projects and issues she has handled in her position at Lehighton, the biggest impact for her has been interacting with the public.

But she cited the construction of a new combined fire station in the borough as a highlight.

“We were all so proud of the fire station and the fire department,” she said.

She also said that one of her passions is economic development and the revitalization of downtown and the business community.

She cited the borough’s Main Street Initiative as an important part of those efforts, along with companies such as Lehighton Outdoors Center on the borough’s Sgt. Bypass of Boulevard Stanley Hoffman.

Also, establishment of the Delaware Lehigh Heritage Trail and revitalization of the borough’s downtown parks.

“They are the face of the community and they showcase the community,” she said, referring to the parks. “They’re all near and dear to your heart because that’s what you do when you’re in those positions. You put your heart into everything.”

Beckett said the move would be bittersweet.

In his letter of resignation, Beckett said, “It has been an absolute pleasure and honor to work for the Borough of Lehighton for the past 12 years. I would like to express my gratitude to council members and mayors, past and present, as well as to the exceptional staff, our team of professionals and the residents of this community.It was a very enriching experience to be part of this team.

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