A former Reading police chief is Mayor Eddie Moran’s choice for the city’s chief executive.
The mayor chose William Heim for the job after a five-month search, Moran announced Monday.
Heim must be confirmed by the city council before he can be appointed to the position.
“He (Heim) has the required managerial and administrative experience and holds a master’s degree in public administration,” Moran told a news conference on the steps outside City Hall. “In addition, he is used to collaborating with multiple organizations and diverse communities to achieve successful results.”
Heim is no stranger to the city, Moran said, noting that he served 13 years as the city’s police chief during two stints and is well known and respected in the community and at home. ‘city Hall.
Chief of police for Muhlenberg Township since 2018, Heim of Union Township was first named chief of the town’s force in 1997 and was fired in 2000 when then-Mayor Joseph D. Eppihimer came into operation. Heim then took over as Chief Constable in Lancaster.
Mayor Tom McMahon brought Heim back to Reading in 2006. Heim resigned 10 years later in 2016 while Mayor Wally Scott was in office.
“I am grateful to the mayor, who elected me for this important role,” Heim said. “I have truly enjoyed my past service in this city and will be delighted to return to the place where I have so many fond memories and so many friends and associates.”
Moran said Heim’s previous experience with City will allow him to adapt quickly to the role of general manager.
“I’m confident he will help me continue to lead the city of Reading in our mission to build a better Reading where everyone can live, learn, work and play,” the mayor said.
The chief executive works closely with the mayor’s office, supports and directs city departments and directors, and is essential in ensuring the city is able to provide essential services to its residents, Moran said.
As the city’s top leader, Heim will be responsible for implementing what Moran calls the four pillars of his administration: safe streets and neighborhoods, education and workforce development, community and economic and responsible leadership, said the mayor.
“I believe we have found the person who can best help us move these initiatives forward,” Moran said.
Moran also thanked Frank Denbowski, the mayor’s chief of staff and acting city chief executive, acknowledging the administrator’s hard work and dedication.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better person to take on this difficult task,” the mayor said of Denbowski. “Frank has done a phenomenal job of holding everything together during this time.”