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Borough manager to quit

October 11, 2000

Borough manager to quit



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Mike Collins, Mercersburg's borough manager since January, told the Borough Council this week that he will leave the job at the end of October for a supervisor's post at Mercersburg Academy.

Collins said Wednesday he will become supervisor of the academy's gymnasium. He had quit as the academy's sports field manager to replace Jim Leventry as borough manager with an annual salary of $30,000. Leventry resigned in December.

Collins was the only applicant interviewed for the borough job, although several had answered an advertisement for the position. Several council members questioned his hiring, saying he did not meet the basic requirements spelled out in the ad.

The ad specified a bachelor's degree and a minimum of five years experience in public management. Collins has an associate's degree in environmental science and had no public management experience when the borough hired him.

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Nonetheless, Collins said Wednesday, when he took over the job he "jumped in with both feet. I needed to make a statement that I was the right man for the job."

Collins said he feels his short tenure with the borough "was fairly successful. I really enjoyed the work. I'm not leaving because of any problems. I just wanted to get back to the academy. I really missed what I was doing there. It just suits me better."

He said he wasn't actively seeking the academy job. "It just came open so I decided to make a switch. I believe it's a good move for me," he said.

Collins said he focused his efforts in the borough at improving the infrastructure of water, sewer and roads. "We have a new sewer plant and I wanted to make sure it was more operator friendly. It's a state-of-the art system and I wanted to optimize its capabilities."

He said he was also working at modernizing the borough's water system. Although it was built in 1987, he said he wanted to bring it into the 21st century.

The water and sewer systems serve about 950 residents. Mercersburg has about 800 residents and operates on a budget of about $1.2 million.

Collins said he would work closely with his successor to bring about a smooth transition.

Council President Thomas Heefner, who led the effort to hire Collins, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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