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Imhoff resigns as Johnstown city manager and takes a job in Hollidaysburg; The city will look for his replacement

April 19 – JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Johnstown City Manager Ethan Imhoff plans to resign and take a job closer to his home in Hollidaysburg.

Imhoff gave his 60-day notice to the Johnstown City Council on Wednesday. He will step down in June to take over as manager of Hollidaysburg Borough.

Imhoff said he wasn’t looking for a new job, but Hollidaysburg Borough officials contacted him after the longtime Blair County manager left for a new job, he said.

“With Hollidaysburg making an offer, it was too hard to resist,” he said. “There are no other jobs I would have left Johnstown for.”

Imhoff lives in Hollidaysburg and worked for the city from 2004 to 2011 after earning a master’s degree from Penn State University.

He said his plan for the remaining days in Johnstown is to help the council and community with a seamless transition for projects.

That includes implementing the city’s $24 million federal grant to rebuild America’s infrastructure with sustainability and equity for infrastructure work; working to secure new management for the city-owned Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center; and continuing the plan to move the Johnstown Police and Fire Departments from the nearly century-old Public Safety Building to a new location.

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Imhoff has served as Johnstown city manager since January 2022 and previously served as executive director of the Cambria County Planning Commission.

About three months ago, in January, the City Council unanimously approved an agreement to retain Imhoff as city manager. The contract ran through the first Monday in January 2026 and gave Imhoff an annual salary of $137,500.

The job includes conducting daily city operations, hiring staff and being accountable to the City Council.

Imhoff recently hired two key new employees for the city. Nina Ndichu was hired two weeks ago as Johnstown’s director of community and economic development, filling a position left vacant after John Dubnansky resigned for a private sector job at the end of 2023.

Imhoff also has hired Melissa Millard, former Westmont Borough treasurer, to succeed Johnstown Chief Financial Officer Robert Ritter, who is retiring this month.

“I have really enjoyed working here with fantastic people who are committed to moving the city forward,” said Imhoff. “From that perspective it is difficult to leave. I will miss the council and the staff here in the city.”

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Johnstown Mayor Frank Janakovic said the city has already begun a search plan to replace Imhoff.

The municipality hired Imhoff while it was still part of the Pennsylvania Act 47 program for financially distressed municipalities. The city exited that program in April 2023, but some of the state’s Act 47 services are still available to assist in the search for a new city manager, Janakovic said.

“We were completely blindsided by Ethan’s resignation,” Janakovic said. “I know this is an opportunity for him, but what we plan to do is we’ve already reached out to the previous Act 47 team and we’ll be reaching out to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to help us to help find a replacement for the soon-to-be city manager.”

Imhoff said candidates to succeed him as Johnstown’s city manager has already contacted him about the job.

“I take this as confirmation that the work we are doing is very well received regionally, nationally and nationally,” he said. “The story in Johnstown is different now than it was five, 10 years ago. It’s much more positive. Whether I’m here in Johnstown or Harrisburg, people talk about the good things happening here.

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“I’m proud that I played a small part in that, but the city council certainly gets a lot of credit for that, and the community gets a lot of credit for that. When I leave in a few months, I am hopeful that there will be someone here who continues to move the city in a positive direction.”

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