"Upper Gwynedd Township’s elected officials and staff shall provide innovative, safe, transparent and fiscally responsible services, and shall respond to the needs of all residents, businesses and visitors of the Township in a timely and respectful manner."
The Township Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Township. Appointed by the Board of Commissioners, the Manager oversees the operation of all Township Departments, with the exception of the Police Department. The coordination and oversight of the daily business of the Township, in association with the Department Heads, falls within the responsibilities of the Township Manager. These departments include: Finance, Code Enforcement, Public Works, Wastewater, Park and Recreation, and Police (budget only).
In addition, the Manager is responsible for the administration of policy decisions and directives that are made by the Board of Commissioners.
The Manager establishes the monthly agendas for discussion and consideration by the Board of Commissioners.
Telephone & Email Directory
|Assistant Township Manager||(215) 699-7777|
|Administrative Assistant to the Township Manager||(215) 699-7777|
Mike Lapinski, Township Manager
A native of Massachusetts, Mike Lapinski received his undergraduate degree from Stonehill College in 1994. He began his public administration career in Boston where he worked as a clerk and inspector on the Central Artery/Tunnel Project - the largest urban construction project ever undertaken in an American city. Upon moving to Pennsylvania in 2001, Mike was hired by Princeton Township, New Jersey to help manage their capital construction program. Mike's duties later expanded to include Zoning and Land Use administration. Over the course of his 12 years with Princeton he was involved in the planning, approval and implementation of many public and private projects that included road and sanitary sewer rehabilitation, park construction, and large institutional development. Wanting to get a broader understanding of local government management, Mike attended graduate school at Villanova University where he received his Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in 2011 and was inducted into the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. Mike was hired as Upper Gwynedd's Assistant Township Manager in May 2013 before being appointed Acting Township Manager in January 2018. He was then appointed to the permanent Township Manager position in June of 2018.
Mike is a member of the International City Manager's Association and the Association of Pennsylvania Municipal Managers.
Alex Kaker, Assistant Township Manager
Alex graduated from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management and minor in Psychology. He began his career in Wisconsin with the Village of Holmen as a Recreation Supervisor. After spending some time in California with the Chico Area Recreation District, he moved on to the City of South Jordan, Utah to work as a Recreation Program Coordinator. He is nationally certified as a Park and Recreation Professional and as a Youth Sports Administrator. Alex was hired by Upper Gwynedd Township in October of 2014 as the Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation. In February of 2015, he was appointed to the position of Director of Parks and Recreation before being appointed Assistant Township Manager in June of 2018. His wife, Jenna works as a School Psychologist in Philadelphia.