Michael O'Rourke, the York City business administrator who embraces his Mr. Know-It-All persona, is hoping to soon share that mantle with the newest city employee.

In his position for more than a decade, O'Rourke is the go-to guy for answers about revenue, expenses and anything else with a dollar sign in front of it. He's also, by his own admission, stretched too thin at work.

Hoping to lend O'Rourke an extra hand - and, possibly, hire someone who could succeed him one day - city officials set aside $55,000 to pay an assistant business administrator this year.

That position remained vacant until Thursday, when Michael Doweary started his first day as a city employee.

Doweary, 35, is a York High graduate who holds an MBA degree from York College. Most recently, he held the position of fiscal director at the Community Progress Council.

He will earn a salary of $67,500 a year.

"My goal is to help him evolve into what I am," O'Rourke said. "He's a smart guy. He has the respect of many people he will be engaging with."

Doweary's experience with audits is especially valuable, O'Rourke said.

Job duties: In the new position, Doweary will begin by absorbing as much as he can about how city government works. He'll also work on projects, like establishing cash-flow projections for the end of the year.

That'll free up O'Rourke to do things like study state legislation with potential impact on the city and work more closely with state Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City.


Schreiber was the city's economic and community development director until he won a special election in May to represent the 95th District. O'Rourke said he is serving as a liaison to Schreiber, who is an advocate of reforms that would help third-class cities like York escape financial crises.

"I want to be able to give him more in-depth answers," O'Rourke said.

- Erin James may also be reached at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.