PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Borough has been in the process of welcoming a new secretary throughout the past three months.
Billie Kinnan, who is from New Bethlehem, worked for Hawthorn Borough in Clarion County for three and a half years, before receiving word of a Punxsutawney opening. She started there Oct. 29.
She was already somewhat familiar with the town, Kinnan said, mentioning Laska’s Pizza with a laugh.
Former secretary Mary Neal retired Nov. 16, Kinnan said.
Some of her job description includes handling accounts payable, answering phones, taking minutes at regular committee meetings and coordinating with the borough manager.
The Punxsutawney Borough office is located at 301 East Mahoning Street, alongside the Punxsutawney Police Department, the Punxsutawney Memorial Library and famously, Phil the groundhog’s den.
Kinnan, her husband, Zach, and their children, Hadleigh and Hudson, who attend Playhouse Children’s Learning Center, have become pretty fond of the Punxsuatwney area, she said.
The family also just experienced its first Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney. It was unlike anything she had seen in Hawthorn, Kinnan said. Her children watched Facebook videos of Phil over and over again.
“I will have to say that I could not be happier with my position and the people I work for and with,” Kinnan said. “The borough manager and treasurer have made my transition extremely easy and have made me feel very welcome.
“Working for Punxsutawney Borough is a wonderful experience, and I could not be more grateful for this wonderful opportunity.”