New tax collector, policeman in Yardley Borough

By Chris English

Yardley Town Council welcomed two new faces at its June 21 meeting.

All seven council members voted unanimously to appoint Christine Ventresca as the borough’s new tax collector and hire Colin Murphy as a part-time police officer. His hiring depends on his passing psychological and other tests, Police Chief Joseph D. Kelly III said.

Ventresca was one of seven candidates for the post of tax collector after Cheryl Lowe-Cler asked to be replaced as soon as possible. She had served 20 years as the borough’s tax collector before retiring last year, but then returned to serve again after the newly elected tax collector resigned just two months after joining. active. Lowe-Cler had held the position ever since, and the board also voted unanimously at the June 21 meeting to accept his resignation.

“I’m thrilled and want to thank the board for appointing me,” Ventresca said after the meeting. A graduate of Pennsbury High School in 1992, she has resided in the borough of Yardley for 38 years and lives there with her husband, Will, and their two teenagers.

Ventresca, who has a law degree, said she once worked in the office of a start-up dealing with accounts receivable. She currently has no other job and said she would have plenty of time and energy to devote to the position of tax collector.

Ventresca will serve until 2023 under the nomination, but said she definitely plans to run for office that year in hopes of retaining them beyond 2023. She is expected to be sworn in at the July 19 board meeting.

Board member Matt Curtin, who nominated Ventresca, praised her extensive volunteer efforts and organizational skills. Curtin and other board members also praised the other six nominees — Carol Riker, Deborah Desroaches, Joanne Imhof, Fatu Markey, Beth Trevisani and Kristin Archibald — saying the board has a strong pool of candidates to choose from.

The Yardley Tax Collector is paid to collect borough, Pennsbury School District, and Bucks County property taxes and other taxes from residents of the borough.

This will be Murphy’s first police officer position after working for the past few years as a tow truck driver while trying to break into law enforcement. A 2014 graduate of Council Rock High School South in Northampton Township, he holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Bucks County Community College and a bachelor’s degree in the same major from Temple University.

His hiring leaves the police department with nine part-time and five full-time officers, including the chief.

Also at the June 21 meeting, council voted unanimously to award a $753,597 contract to G&B Construction for phase two of the North Main Street sidewalk installation project.

He also unanimously approved the announcement of offers for a three-year snow removal contract which would come into effect in October.

Esther L. Steinbach