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Cheltenham Hires New Township Manager
Posted on Wednesday September 02, 2020
Robert A. Zienkowski was appointed as Cheltenham's new Township Manager at a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners on September 2, 2020.
At a special meeting on September 2, 2020, the Board of Commissioners appointed Robert A. Zienkowski as its new Township Manager and Board Secretary to serve until January 3, 2022, in accordance with its Home Rule Charter. His start date is September 8, 2020.

As the Manager of Cheltenham Township, Bob will be responsible to the Township Board of Commissioners for the day-to-day operations of the Township. He has served various communities in Ohio and Pennsylvania and brings over 28 years of executive municipal government experience to the position. He has served in various roles, including most recently as Township Manager for Radnor Township. He has also served as City Manager and Safety Director for the City of Brunswick, Ohio and the Director of Administrative Services and Chief Administrative Officer to the Mayor for the City of Maple Heights, Ohio.

Throughout his career, Bob has been instrumental in numerous economic development projects over the various communities he has served that resulted in the attraction, retention, and expansion of jobs totaling over $1 billion in investment. This also included new public infrastructure for the community with no taxpayer dollars involved and increased revenues.

His experience also includes the development and completion of successful stormwater management projects including the implementation of a stormwater fee; successful capital budget development involving short, mid, and long-term planning and funding opportunities; implementing workforce management strategies that have produced cost savings, maximized efficiencies and performance while reducing but maintaining high quality services which residents expect and deserve; successful contract negotiations with all the various labor unions including the Fraternal Order of Police, International Association of Fire Fighters and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and the development of several public-private partnerships.

Under his leadership, the Township and Cities he served received numerous awards, such as Radnor Township being named as one of the "Top Ten Best Cities in Pennsylvania" by Movoto Real Estate and "Top Earning Towns" by CNN and was named in Philadelphia Magazine’s "5 Best Places to Raise Kids." The City of Brunswick was named in Family Circle Magazine as one of the Best Towns in the country to raise a family and designated as a Business Friendly community by the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce and in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Growth Association.

Throughout Bob’s career, he has served on various regional and local boards, commissions and councils such as local Chambers of Commerce; county and community advisory boards; the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, which is the transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village, and township officials in the Greater Cleveland region; the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council that is a governmental retail aggregator which purchases electricity and natural gas from suppliers and serves consumers in thirteen Ohio counties.

Zienkowski has also served as a Zoning Commission Board Member for Northfield Center Township, Ohio as well as an elected City Council member in Maple Heights. Bob earned his bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. His master’s degree program concentration was in ethics and diversity. Bob also holds numerous FEMA training certificates for emergency management.

He has two daughters, Jessica, who is married and lives in suburban Philadelphia, and Erica, who is married and lives in Boulder, Colorado. He is a dedicated Philadelphia sports fan, a lifelong Philadelphia Flyers fan, and is looking forward to moving to becoming a resident of Cheltenham Township.
Cheltenham Township   ~   8230 Old York Road   ~   Elkins Park, PA 19027
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8AM-4:30PM
Phone: 215-887-1000   ~   Fax: 215-887-1561
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