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Mercersburg manager leaving

December 08, 1999|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Jim Leventry, Mercersburg's borough manager for the last two years, said Wednesday he will leave the post Dec. 23 to accept a borough manager's job in Whitehall, Pa., near Pittsburgh.

Leventry, 40, said Whitehall officials offered him a pay and benefits package he couldn't refuse. He makes $30,000 a year in Mercersburg.

"I've always wanted to live in the Pittsburgh area," he said.

The move will take Leventry and his wife, Maryellen, closer to their families, he said.

He started work in Mercersburg on Dec. 29, 1997, at an annual salary of $30,000.

Borough Councilman Tom Heefner said Leventry will be missed.

"We had a smooth-running house with Jim. He was in charge of everything and he did a superb job. He was a real people person," he said.

Heefner said any resident who dealt with Leventry came away satisfied. "He was excellent with people. That was his main quality. The employees got along well with him, too."

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Heefner said the council has begun to advertise for Leventry's successor in area newspapers.

Applicants have until Friday to apply, he said.

The council will then either hire an interim manager to get somebody on board before Leventry leaves or will select a permanent replacement if one can be found among candidates answering the ad.

The first candidate was interviewed Tuesday, he said. The council has another three or four to consider, he said.

The council hired an interim manager in 1997 to fill in between the time Judy Chambers resigned and Leventry was hired.

Leventry said Whitehall has a population of about 15,000 people, about 10 times more than Mercersburg, has 13 employees, a police force of 19 and a budget of $5.5 million, compared to Mercersburg's budget of $1.2 million.

He said Whitehall is only 60 miles from his hometown of Johnstown, Pa., and 40 miles from his wife's hometown of Latrobe, Pa.

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