A new manager will take the helm in Springettsbury Township later this month.

The township's board of supervisors recently hired Kristen Denne, a former manager in the City of Johnstown.

Springettsbury will pay Denne an annual salary of $120,000, said George Dvoryak, the board's chairman.

Denne is the first woman to hold the position in Springettsbury Township.

In addition to her time in Johnstown, Denne worked previously as the manager in the Pennsylvania boroughs of Dormont and Ambridge.

She holds a master's degree in public administration and is working toward a doctorate, according to a news release.

"She has the credentials to take our township government to the next level," Dvoryak said.

Managing the township's $34 million annual budget "requires some special skills," he said.

Dvoryak said the board is relying on Denne to navigate the township's traffic issues and to pursue cost-cutting agreements with other municipalities.

Former manager John Holman left his position June 16 to take a city manager position in St. Mary's, Ga.

The township board of supervisors hired a firm, Colin Baenziger & Associates, to conduct the search for Holman's replacement.

Dvoryak said the board interviewed four candidates, including Denne.

Denne will start Sept. 22.

-Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.