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Borough manager moves to county finance post

Photo submitted to Times Observer Youngsville Borough Manager Lisa Hagberg is flanked by Borough Clerk Kim Hall (left) and Borough Secretary Jolean Ishman on Hagberg’s last day. She starts Monday as Warren County Director of Finance and Administration.

Youngsville Borough’s loss is Warren County’s gain.

After almost 11 years with the borough, eight-and-a-half as borough manager, Hagberg celebrated her last day on Thursday.

And she started as county director of finance and administration on Monday.

“I’m mostly going to miss the people,” Hagberg said of her time in Youngsville. “I’ve really enjoyed working with the community and the staff and the council.”

“Very good relationships,” she said. “I’ll really miss that.”

She said her time with the borough resulted in numerous successes.

“Together, the staff, council, and community, we’ve accomplished a lot in Youngsville, from streetscapes projects, new playgrounds, just taking care of people in the community, upgrading our infrastructure,” she said.

On Thursday, the borough threw Hagberg a going-away and good luck party.

There were a number of visitors and well-wishers — “We had quite a few… It was very kind. The words that people spoke to me were sweet and encouraging. I was really full of gratitude.”

Her reach extends with the move to the county.

“I’m looking forward to serving the entire county and the people in it and building new relationships,” Hagberg said. “I couldn’t be more excited to make this transition to county government. I have had the opportunity to get to know the county team and I know we’ll be able to do some great things together.”

“The Board of Warren County Commissioners are pleased to announce that Lisa Hagberg, former Borough Manager of Youngsville, has begun employment with Warren County as the newly appointed Director of Finance and Administration beginning Monday, April 5,” according to a Monday release. “Mrs. Hagberg brings over 20 years of experience in finance and accounting and over 10 years working in the administration at Youngsville Borough. Her track record at the borough is one of innovation and fiscal responsibility and is a template for success in public service.”

“Mrs. Hagberg has managed an efficient and clinical budgeting process, led the borough in strategic planning initiatives, built strong working relationships with local elected officials and community leaders, and garnered the respect of her staff and borough council,” according to the release. “Mrs. Hagberg was selected after a thorough search for a replacement for Eric Hern, the previous Director of Finance and Administration who left to pursue other opportunities. The Director of Finance and Administration manages the County’s finances and contracts, prepares the budget and manages the budget process, oversees human resources and insurance systems, regularly interacts and leads the directors under the Commissioners office, and supervises grant administration.”

“We are very happy to have Mrs. Hagberg on board,” Commissioners’ Chairman Ben Kafferlin said. “Her knowledge and experience are as much of a perfect fit as you could find for this type of position.”

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