Paul Janssen + Coatesville + Norristown + Yeadon = 2010 Radnor Disaster

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What is WRONG with Radnor Township? Can't they check people out?

Regarding our SAC friends the Sahas, eminent domain and Coatesville 2002:

...Sun told council he opposed their actions to take the Saha property and felt it was a move of "fiscal irresponsibility" and would "do little to help revitalize Coatesville."

Paul G. Janssen Jr., Coatesville city manager, said responses such as these are simply those of gadflies. "They just like this sort of thing," he said, of the controversy surrounding the city's actions...."(Eminent domain) is more than a local issue ..to me it's an attack on the fundamental right to private property," said Sun.

Regarding Coatesville $7 Million defecit - March 2005:

Coatesville council last night unanimously agreed to an emergency $7 million transfer from a $36 million trust fund after learning that former City Manager Paul Janssen had misled them regarding the city's finances.

"I am having trouble making payroll," said Elizabeth McQuiston, the city's business manager..........Last night Council Member Marty Eggleston severely chastised Janssen for misleading the city regarding the 2003 audit. "Paul Janssen looked me right in the eye and lied to me," Eggleston said.

Regarding 2006 departure/firing from Norristown:

With municipal corruption cases and a brush with bankruptcy behind it, Norristown municipal government seemed to be righting itself in 2006. But that changed Wednesday, when the Norristown council announced that Municipal Manager Paul Janssen was being ousted because of a health insurance contracting error that cost the borough $170,000.

Janssen had been on the job in Norristown only since April 2005, earning $117,000 a year. "The difficulties over the insurance certainly entered into the decision," said Council President Bill Procyson. "One of the issues was that Mr. Janssen was not as forthcoming as he could have been..."

Flash forward to 2010 in Radnor:

Posted on Sat, Jan. 2, 2010
Ex-Coatesville manager Janssen in line in Radnor
By Bonnie L. Cook
Inquirer Staff Writer

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Paul G. Janssen Jr., the former Coatesville manager who left under a cloud and then resigned amid an insurance flap from his next job as Norristown's manager, is in line to become Radnor Township's interim manager.

Monday night, Radnor's seven commissioners will vote on whether to hire Janssen for part-time work Monday through Friday at a salary of $100 an hour. The commissioners' meeting agenda was posted late this week.

Janssen, 53, works as interim manager in Yeadon Borough, tending its affairs part-time two days a week, said newly elected Radnor Commissioner John Nagle. A search firm suggested Janssen's name.

Nagle said Janssen would help Radnor because he could be in the township building for part of each workday, monitoring the township's business, while other candidates could not.

"The real point is, at this time, we're not seeing him do much more than caretaking," Nagle said. "We hope to have a full-time manager in six to eight weeks."

If the appointment is approved, Janssen would succeed interim Manager John A. Granger, whose tenure ends Monday.

The township is struggling toward normalcy after a scandal involving Granger's predecessor, David A. Bashore.

Bashore, Radnor's manager for eight years, was suspended Feb. 26 and fired March 3 after questions arose about $128,500 in bonuses he allegedly paid himself and almost $400,000 in expenses that could not be accounted for in an audit of township funds.

Bashore has sued the township, alleging his privacy was violated by the township and its auditor. The township treasurer has countersued to recover the money in question.

Nagle said the fracas has created tension within the township staff, now split between workers for and against Bashore.

"The environment in the building is so toxic right now," Nagle said. "The charge we're going to give Janssen is, try to see if we can't build some bridge to the staff. We talked to some people in Yeadon, and they thought he was a great team-builder."

Janssen, who spent seven years as Coatesville's manager, resigned on April 6, 2005, after questions arose about his handling of an eminent domain case involving farmland, and also what officials called his failure to reflect accurately the state of the city's finances to its governing council.

The latter caused the city to dip into a reserve trust fund to cover a $7 million budget deficit in August 2005.

Janssen then became manager in Norristown, where he hired a former colleague as human resources manager at a $64,000 salary, although she lacked training for the job.

The worker failed to tell one health insurance carrier that she had hired another. As a result, Norristown had to pay $170,000 for a double monthly insurance premium. Janssen resigned, and the HR manager was fired in the fall of 2006.....Janssen could not be reached for comment last night; his home phone in Downingtown was not in service.

William Procyson, president of Norristown's governing council when Janssen was town manager, said ..."But I don't feel he was as forthcoming as he could have been about the debacle with the insurance, and that impacted our decision to part ways with him," Procyson said.

Incoming Radnor Commissioner Elaine Schaefer said whoever is appointed interim manager is unlikely to set policy because of the job's anticipated short tenure.

"It's important that we keep our eyes on the prize . . .," Schaefer said, "finding a competent manager as quickly and efficiently as possible."
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Contact staff writer Bonnie L. Cook at 610-313-8232 or

Ok, still irritated one day after discovering a guy who cost two nearly broke municipalities so much, was basically called a liar by officials in both communities is probably coming to Radnor. We broke this story yesterday after reading the last minute posting of Radnor's Board of Commissioners agenda:

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And he is supposed to be in Radnor to calm the poor employees split between being FOR and AGAINST Bashore? At $100 an hour? Are you freaking kidding me? They are municipal employees. They should be grateful they still have jobs. If they don't like it, let them leave. In this economy they will either save Radnor taxpayers more money or someone else will apply for the job. They want a $100 an hour babysitter? I'll do it, LOL! But seriously? To expend more taxpayer monies to calm the employees who shouldn't have the luxury of being pro or con Bashore while on the clock is absurd. They have jobs with a current 3 1/2% increase with cushy benefits, and a lot of them got Dave's special bonuses "for loyalty" and they haven't had to give them back, they aren't getting surcharged and then there is compensation gate? You know all that accrued time they can cash out at a later date on the township dime?

So, Radnor? Do you want an earned income tax? He has done that in Yeadon, one of the poorest Delco Boroughs. While he has been in Yeadon he made that happen. Along with increases in trash fees. Now he claims he cut taxes, but umm, if the money is being made up by EIT's and trash fees and other stuff, what is the cut?

And what else? Oh yes, under his yeadon baby-sitting a council boycott? Nice stuff. And he won't be making decisions in Radnor, he's just going to be an employee coddler? And over-priced baby-sitter?

And my my my his consulting biz must be profitable (in case anyone wants to call him):

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I can NOT believe that Radnor would go through all the stuff you have gone through with Bashoregate to appoint a guy who is a two time municipal loser with a not so thin veil of corruption following him from job to job?

Seriously, who does their due diligence here? PAUL JANNSSEN? And well, let's get honest, the media has followed this guy like flies on well...you know...the Inquirer alone has quite the archival article file on him.

Sorry to be rude, but Radnor is being VERY foolish and incredibly stupid and what they are doing will affect an entire municipality.

This guy breeds bad news and problems follow him like the Peanuts character that has a storm cloud following it. WHY can't the public vet temporary candidates? Will his special friend Fran Newlin from Norristown and Coatesville be joining him?

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Maybe Radnor BOC members will consider MikeP's comment on today's Inquirer article. The comment is focused on a justification for hiring Janssen that is cited the article:

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Posted 09:00 AM, 01/02/2010MikeP

Makes a lot of sense. Fire a guy because he engaged in unethical behavior and possibly criminal activity. The staff is now divided between supporters and none. So, while you are working on hiring a new manager, hire a guy who has left two prior manager jobs because of charges of unethical behavior and possible criminal. That should rally the troops!

(This LMT observer will now stop meddling in Radnor business on this topic.)

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LMAO- I couldn't place it at first but this guy is the spittin' image of the character "Newman" on Seinfeld.

You see this stuff and say to yourself, "These guys can't be serious!" but then again this is Radnor Township we're talking about here.

I grew up on the Main Line (a stone's throw from where La Ronda used to be). From the time I became politically aware (back in the Seventies), a great source of entertainment for me was observing from a distance (thankfully), the corruption, tomfoolery and hijinks amongst the powers that be of that township. One of the classic episodes was when Stuntebeck burnt down his own garage whilst burning leaves.Quite a feat for the selfsame commissioner who introduced the no burning ordinance in the first place. And it didn't end there. As I recall, there was a big brouhaha about him not being charged for the costs of putting out the fire.

And the beat goes on. You would certainly think that these jokers would be searching for a squeeky-clean replacement for Bashore.

Lest anyone misinterpret my remarks as chauvinism in favor of LM, Radnor would have to go a long way to top what has been allowed to occur in Bryn Mawr at the behest of the Main Line Health Real Estate LP corporadoes. They have yet to allow an entire neighborhood to be wiped out up in Radnor. Then there's the two Taj Mahal school buildings and the busing and the attempted eminent domain and so on and so forth.....

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I've sent a link of this blog to all Radnor Township Commissioners. Hopefully they'll read their email over the weekend. Can't imagine they have all the facts about Janssen as we've known them to make many decisions without facts on many other issues in the past.

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Hi Jack & Welcome. I love your photo BTW- -- it's cute.

I hope you are right about the Radnor commissioners, but I have no faith right now. I still say that Radnor residents need to go to the township building on Monday. TELL those commissioners NO.

I mean seriously, what the hell are they thinking and whomever that agency they are using should be fired.
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I am putting it out there on the record that someone sent me an e-mail wondering if I put myself at risk by commenting on the Janssen thing? If my comments were based in the facts unearthed by years of published media reports, I have to ask, have I just been threatened? Am I wrong to show concern for Radnor?

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As you know, Carla, it comes with the territory. I have received death threats for complaining about LM government. I had a death threat carved in my car with a key along with telephoned threats that my home would be firebombed - and the LM commissioners ignored those complaints of crimes being committed me against when I first complained, and that obviously was meant to send a further message of intimidation to me.

The irony when I called the LMPD about the death threat being carved in my car with a key the day after I first complained about criminal behavior by former police chief Joe Daly and the cop asked me if I had any idea who did it - I told him the Lower Merion Police. That must have made for an interesting police report.

Thing is, once you stand up to that, the government has nowhere to go and they are uncovered as the cowards they are.

I bet that email you got, Carla, is from someone related to Janssen or Radnor as an intimidation technique, but somehow I don't think it will bother you as you have been through this before yourself. I view them as idle threats by passive-aggressive government cowards who don't know what to do when the threat does not work.

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wondering if I put myself at risk by commenting on the Janssen thing?

Carla ~ I think you have done a great job and provided a service to Radnor, the BOC, and have nothing to worry about.

The trouble, if there is any, could fall on a commish or staff member if it can be proved that they leaked, for their own purposes no doubt, confidential personnel information.

I suppose in that case Janssen could take legal action against the leaker and the township if he can show that he was denied the job as the result of a breach in confidentiality. But that seems like stretch since your post is well sourced with public township documents and published accounts.

Bottom Line: Somebody didn't do their job vetting this guy, you did it for them - thanks!

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Chip - LOL, as you know, my info wasn't gained through a leak but via their own agenda. I knew the name...from eminent domain and Norristown stuff

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I just received 2 e-mails. One said:

Dear Commissioners:

On your agenda for Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 is the appointment of Paul Gaige Jansson, Jr. as Interim Manager and after everything I have read about this gentleman I don't see how you could honestly pick him to run the township. He is nothing more than another Dave Bashore. Please come to your senses and vote this guy down. Please don't start the New Year off on the wrong foot. Thank you

The second e-mail said:

Hi, I was trying to help and I put the link to your post on a Coatesville website, only I don't think it helped because you are on this post - http://coatesvilledems.blogspot.com/2010/01/know-anyone-in-radnor-township.html - and the tag says "White Supremacist" - sorry

Thank you to both for taking the time to try to help, and as for that post on Coatesville Dems? LOL, read it:

Sunday, January 3, 2010
Know anyone in Radnor Township?

It’s my belief that if making a largely black community look bad was the intention a small number of Right Wing Extremists that helped to put in the “Bloc of Four”; they did a good job.

It could be that some of those same extremists have their sights on Radnor Township (and Paul Janssen). Maybe Radnor Township's meeting hall will be hit with a gang of White Nationalist teabagger “Property Rights” wackos at their next Township meeting.

I got this message for a comment:

URGENT!!! COATESVILLE RESIDENTS? PLEASE SAVE RADNOR FROM JANSSEN. COME TO COMMISSIONERS MEETING IN RADNOR 1/4/09 7:15 PM! YEADON DIDN'T LISTEN, WE ARE.

http://www.saveardmorecoalition.org/node/3995

So, I am wondering, do I leave a comment that I am definitely NOT a White Nationalist tea bagger? Or do I just let this turd just wallow in their ignorance?

Honestly, people are so funny....anyone know anyone in Coatesville? This guy Jim Pitcherella sounds a little goofy, huh, doesn't he? A webs search seems to lead me to believe he is head of Coatesville Democrats? And used to be on their planning commission? He seems to be a big Janssen fan?

Basically he says if you hate Paul Janssen you hate Coatesville? HUH????? http://coatesvilledems.blogspot.com/

Whatever. That is his opinion as misguided as it might be. It will make entertainment if he drives down from Coatesville to give a reference for Janssen...Very Chip Addis and Bashore, isn't it?

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Hmmm?

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