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Cumberland Selects Next City Administrator

October 2nd, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Over the past six months, the Cumberland City Council conducted a national search with the help of an executive recruitment firm to hire a new City Administrator.  As a result of that search, the Mayor and City Council will vote October 5, 2021, during their regular public meeting on the appointment of Jeffrey F. Silka as City Administrator.  Mr. Silka’s contract is proposed for an initial term of three years with an effective date of November 1, 2021. 


“After an extensive search, it became clear that Jeff Silka is the right person to lead this organization,” stated Mayor Raymond Morriss.  “His experience as a municipal manager and economic developer make him extremely qualified to serve as our city administrator, and the Council and I are looking forward to him being at the helm on November 1st.”


As head of the administrative branch of the city government, the City Administrator is responsible for the administration of the city departments based on the direction of the City Council and the City Charter and Code.


Jeff Silka and his wife currently live in Monroeville, PA, and plan to relocate to the city in the near future.  Silka fills the vacancy left by Jeff Rhodes, who retired from the City in June after 23 years of service.  Ken Tressler, Director of Administrative Services, was appointed to serve as Interim City Administrator until a new administrator was found.