Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell is nominating Joseph M. McMahon III to become the city’s next Managing Director.
McMahon is a veteran of city government having served as Allentown’s manager of operations in the water resources division and later manager of water resources for a combined 18-of-his-24-dedicated years. He has also served as projects manager and later operations manager for Lehigh County Authority and is currently manager of the Whitehall Township Authority.
“Joe comes back to city government with outstanding credentials,” said O’Connell. “I have known Joe for many years. He will be an outstanding managing director. His experience is what is needed to improve operations throughout our departments and bureaus.”
McMahon said, “I want to thank Mayor O’Connell for giving me the opportunity to return home. I have always valued my relationships with the employees and residents of the city. I look forward to serving them again in this new capacity.”
McMahon holds a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State University, a Mastering Management Certificate from the American Water Works Association Advanced Management Institute at Utah State University, and an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Lehigh Carbon Community College. He has also completed some course work toward a Masters of Management at Penn State.
The purpose of the managing director is to encourage collaboration, cooperation and coordination among city departments to ensure that the policy directives of the mayor and City Council are properly communicated and reflected in the day-to-day operations of the city.
The managing director works directly with the mayor to oversee the functioning of city services by the city’s departments and bureaus.
McMahon’s nomination must be confirmed by City Council.