An acting executive director of the Lancaster Workforce Development Board started his new job on Tuesday, a week after the dismissal of the board Post’s Cathy Rychalsky.
John W. Moser is the retired assistant director of the Berks County Workforce Development Board, where he spent 21 years.
Moser said he was asked last week to take on the interim role on the Lancaster County Board of Directors as he searches for a new executive director. He said he would stay as long as it takes to hire a director, adding that he expects to be in the job for 90 to 120 days.
Moser, who declined to reveal his salary, said he had worked with the Lancaster workforce council in the past, providing training for new hires. Rychalsky was paid $113,000 a year.
Pennsylvania has 22 federally and state-funded workforce councils that oversee training programs and CareerLink centers. Lancaster’s operates as a not-for-profit organization with a budget of $6 million and board members appointed by county commissioners. The Berks County Workforce Board is a department of county government.
The Lancaster County Workforce Development Board fired Rychalsky on Feb. 2 after rejecting her resignation in which she said she was forced out of her job.
The executive committee of the board of directors did not give a reason for dismissing Rychalsky.
Rychalsky led the organization for seven years, including a move to its new Manheim Township offices at 1046 Manheim Pike in November.
The vote came a week after Rychalsky sent a resignation email to the board and several Lancaster County and LNP officials | LancasterOnline saying she was forced out of her job. She said she approached the board to resolve a personnel issue involving “hostility, neglect of politics, discrimination and working against our culture.”
The Lancaster County Workforce Development Board oversees the CareerLink Center, a state-funded one-stop service center for job seekers. Prior to the pandemic, more than 35,000 job-seeking visitors came to CareerLink each year. More than 700 companies use its services annually. It recently moved from its location on North Charlotte Street in the City of Lancaster to Manheim Pike.