Warren has a new leader.
At Monday night's regular meeting of Warren City Council, Nancy Freenock was approved as the next city manager.
"I'm very proud to recommend that we hire as our next city manager, Nancy Freenock," council Vice-president Maurice Cashman said in making the motion. "We did a nationwide search."
Cashman explained that the city received 38 applicants for the position in the search for a successor to Jim Nelles, who retired on April 30.
Freenock comes to Warren from Clarion where she served as borough manager for six years until leaving the post in January of this year. Clarion Borough Council decided not to renew her contract. According to exploreclarion.com, the borough mayor and two members of council resigned the night Freenock's contract was not renewed, citing their disagreement with the decision.
"Prior employments include Laurel Legal Services, Inc. where she served as the sole legal aid attorney and Clarion and Resolution Trust Corporation... where she served as a department head," a press release from the City of Warren said.
Freenock received her Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law and is currently a candidate in the Pennsylvania Rural Leadership Program which "encourages and fosters the development of adult community leaeders from all segments of the state," the release explained.
Councilmen John Lewis, Dr. Howard Ferguson and Cashman were part of the search committee as were Acting City Manager Mary Ann Nau and Michael Foreman, local government policy specialist with the state Department of Community and Economic Development. Cashman noted that Nau and Foreman were "very valuable additions to the committee."
Freenock will assume her duties on August 20, and her salary has been set at $74,000, according to the release.
She is married and has three children.
Council unanimously approved the appointment.