Borough Zoning Officer Unexpectedly Quits, Council Quickly Hires Replacement

SEP 20 2022, 8:15am

MOUNT POCONO – Claiming that “the workplace is an incompatible environment for me,” Mount Pocono’s zoning officer, Alexis Wilkinson, suddenly quit in early August.

She reportedly did not discuss her intentions in advance with the council president, mayor, or borough manager. She handed her letter of resignation to the borough manager immediately before an August council meeting, which she attended without mentioning she had resigned. She even discussed her planned future actions on a short-term rental property, knowing she had already quit. Council did not see her letter until the next day.

Although her resignation letter promised she would remain for two weeks, she walked out three days later, leaving the borough without coverage.

Ms. Wilkinson, a former basketball coach for the PMSD, was hired by council after being selected by former mayor Michael Penn and then council president Claudette Williams when they suddenly fired long-time zoning officer Dennis Noonan several years ago.

The council acted swiftly to identify potential replacements and, within about two weeks of Ms. Wilkinson’s walking off the job, they hired Shawn McGlynn and his company, SFM Consulting, LLC, to act as the zoning and codes enforcement officer for Mount Pocono. SFM will be paid $65 and $70 an hour, respectively, for those services.

In other borough news, it was announced that Pocono Pride FastPitch Softball has received a grant to construct an indoor batting cage, storage, and training building at the Oak Street park – the so-called “field of dreams.”

The grant, which was supported by the current council, would provide for the building purchase and construction. The building itself would be owned by the borough and, when not utilized by the athletic group, would be available for use by the public for a variety of events. Pocono Pride is asking the town to provide safety and security features for the building. The organization will be providing the borough with cost estimates for lighting and security.

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