Borough appoints manager

October 15, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The Mercersburg Borough Council has hired an acting borough manager.

Barbara C. Deason, of Chambersburg, started working for the borough Monday at a rate of $15.50 an hour. She said her contract will be renegotiated. Until last year, she was manager of support services for the Pennsylvania Department of Banking in Harrisburg.

Saying they need to study the issue further, the council Tuesday night tabled their vote on a new ordinance to change the borough manager form of government to one that gives the council more control over day-to-day operations.

The council has been wrestling with the question of whether to change the borough's form of government since early September. It accepted the resignation effective Oct. 10 of longtime borough Manager Judith Chambers.


The council set Nov. 4 to go over the proposed new ordinance "paragraph by paragraph" and Nov. 11 as the date to vote on it.

The council Tuesday also appointed Elizabeth Brown to succeed Councilman Ed Twine, who resigned last month. Brown becomes the third woman on the seven-member council.

Mayor Tom Ralston said after the meeting that he will not serve another term if he is elected on Nov. 4. Ralston is the only mayoral candidate on the ballot.

Elimination of Ralston's $500 annual salary is the subject of a second new ordinance being considered by the council. If adopted, it would end Ralston's salary effective Jan. 1. None of the council members are paid. Ralston's main duty as mayor is supervising the borough police department.

He said his reasons for stepping down are "personal."

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