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Township manager in Hatfield, Pa., making the most of lessons learned at IPA

Andrew Haines, MPA '03, became the Township Manager of Hatfield Township in Montgomery County, Pa., in November. He has held a variety of local government jobs since graduation, but even during his research assistantship at IPA, he was learning valuable lessons interning in the public sector. Providing “quality services to [our] constituents at a reasonable cost” is how Haines describes his mission and that of every elected official.

map of area north of Philadalphia showing location of HatfieldHaines is excited about the possibilities for his community and welcomes the challenges that come with the position. “Hatfield Township is still a growing community, and balancing the growth of the township while implementing new initiatives from the Board to preserve the community is a welcomed challenge.” He adds, “Attempting to find new methods to motivate the staff to achieve its goals and fostering an environment to experience with new methodologies is exciting as well.”

Haines’s greatest challenge today is coping with the current fiscal crisis while keeping the community moving forward. “Every community has unique socio-economic conditions among its residential and business community.  Infrastructure conditions and geographical proximity greatly impact each municipality.  In today’s economic climate, maintaining quality services to the community without raising taxes or fees, while maintaining efficiencies, presents a challenge for all governments.”

Haines should be up to the task. While at the University of Delaware, he worked in the IPA-managed Legislative Fellows Program, serving the house majority caucus in the Delaware General Assembly in Dover. He credits IPA for delivering “an outstanding, hands-on experience working side-by-side with elected officials and assisting with policy development and constituent issues.” He also did an internship, one of the MPA degree requirements, with the City of Newark (Del.) Planning Department.

Previously, Haines had held positions as Hatfiled’s Interim Township Manager and Assistant Township Manager. Prior to that he worked for four years as Newark’s parking administrator and then under special contract for four months with the Delaware Economic Development Office.

Haines came to Delaware after receiving his BA in politics from Ursinus College in 2001. He and his wife Stefanie live in Souderton, Pa. (Franconia Township), and have a five-month old son, Jaxon William Haines. Andrew likes to run to stay in shape when he has time.