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Falls to Hire New Code Enforcement Officer, Asst Twp Manager

Matthew Takita

The Falls Township Board of Supervisors are poised to hire a new employee to serve as zoning officer, director of building, planning and code enforcement and assistant township manager.

The board is expected to formally hire Matthew Takita during the Supervisors’ monthly meeting on Oct. 15 at a salary of $120,000 per year.

Before founding MTA, LLC Architecture & Urban Design Firm in 2018, Takita served for 24 years as Bensalem Township’s Director of Building and Planning Department. While at Bensalem Township, Takita authored zoning regulations for a 675-acre revitalization district on the Delaware River.

A 1991 Bachelor of Science in Architecture graduate of Spring Garden College, Takita has worked in public service since 1992.

He holds two dozen certifications from the International Code Council, including Building Code Specialist, Mechanical Code Official, Fire Plans Examiner, Residential Building Inspector, Master Code Professional and Certified Building Official, among others. Takita has more than a dozen Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code licenses, including Residential Building Inspector, Residential Mechanical Inspector, Electrical Inspector, Fire Inspector and Building Code Official.

Takita is a member and former chair of the International Code Council - Building Code Exam Advisory Committee, which assisted the country in transitioning from three separate building codes to one standard code. In addition, he prepared the national certification exam for building inspectors across the country from 1999 through 2006.

Supervisors Chairman Bob Harvie said he and the Board of Supervisors look forward to working with Takita, who will replace former code and zoning officer Tom Bennett.

“The Board had been considering doing a formal search, but Matt's qualifications and experiences were so stellar that we realized we wouldn't have to,” Supervisors Chairman Bob Harvie said. “We knew that a search would not yield any candidate with the experience, qualifications and reputation greater than Matt’s. His reputation as one of the finest zoning officers and code enforcement officers in Bucks County precedes him and is unquestioned. Matt’s nearly 30 years in municipal government made him the ideal candidate for the assistant manager position that the Supervisors had been contemplating for some time.”

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