Allentown's new public works director began as seasonal summer season rent 26 years in the past

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Allentown Metropolis Council held a particular affirmation listening to Wednesday to rent Mark Shahda as director of public works, efficient instantly.

Shahda will earn an annual wage of $107,290.

Shahda started working for the town as a seasonal summer season rent in 1996 earlier than accepting a full-time place as a upkeep employee. After working his approach via union and administration positions, Shahda was appointed deputy director of public works in 2019.

In that place, Shahda supervised the operations and administrators of all public works departments, and established and oversaw a cost-share program with the Lehigh County Authority and UGI, which “relieved the Metropolis from an estimated $5 million challenge,” in line with Mayor Matt Tuerk.

Tuerk praised Shahda, a Dieruff Excessive College graduate, for what he known as a outstanding historical past with the town.

Tuerk additionally stated Shahda is a part of an ethnically various metropolis cupboard, noting he’s the primary Syrian-American member of the workforce.

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