Phoenixville Mayor Leo Scoda will step down at the conclusion of his fourth term in office, he announced at Tuesday’s borough council meeting, according to the Times Herald.
Scoda, who served on borough council for eight years and spent 35 years teaching in the Phoenixville Area School District before his initial mayoral election, said he’s looking forward to spending time with his grandchildren and traveling abroad.
According to council president Richard Kirkner, Scoda was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the new borough hall that will open in the spring and bolstering the Phoenixville police force; the latter of which mitigated some of the drug and crime problems that were a drag on the borough’s growth.
“It’s been an interesting experience [and] I have one year to go,” Scoda said. “One thing I really enjoyed is being out in the public.”
The public enjoyed having him.
In the words of councilmen David Gautreau, who told the paper that, contrary to rumors, he has no plans to pursue the office, “Somebody once said, ‘Voting against Leo is like voting against Santa Claus.”
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