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Clerk appointed Mercersburg, Pa., interim manager

December 27, 2000|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

Clerk appointed Mercersburg, Pa., interim manager



MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A woman who has served as the Borough of Mercersburg's administrative assistant and billing clerk since 1995 has been appointed borough manager for a six-month probationary period.

Thelma Corrales, 34, will serve as interim manager to replace Mike Collins. Collins resigned in October but has been filling in part-time.

Corrales' salary has not been set. She earns about $320 a week in her current job. Collins was making $30,000 a year as borough manager.

Corrales has little formal training for the job she will take on on Jan. 1. She was chosen over at least 20 candidates who applied for the job in a unanimous vote last week by five of the council's seven members present.

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"She could work out great," said Councilwoman Michelle Quattrociocchi. "She has excellent organizational skills and she's been running the joint anyway."

Quattrociocchi said Corrales expresses herself well and she has an eye what is needed in Mercersburg. "We really need someone who knows the business of the borough and wants to grow. She will be fantastic if she gets a little business training."

Corrales said she plans to take courses offered by the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, courses designed for new borough managers.

Corrales was encouraged to apply by several council members, Quattrociocchi said.

"She was intimidated when she saw more than 20 applications come in, but I believe she is more qualified than 75 percent of them," the councilwoman said. "She helped to train two borough managers," Quattrociocchi said.

"I think the hardest part of the job will be finding out about grants. I wouldn't want to miss an opportunity to get money," Corrales said.

Quattrociocchi said members of the council will have to pitch in and help Corrales research grants.

The council will hire a temporary employee to fill Corrales' duties.

Unlike other southern Franklin County boroughs and townships - Greencastle, Waynesboro, Antrim and Washington townships which all have long-time administrators - Mercersburg has had problems in recent years keeping managers.

Judy Chambers left in 1997 and was replaced by Jim Leventry who served less than two years. Collins came on board in January 1999 and announced his resignation in October.

Corrales will supervise five borough employees and manage a general fund budget of $1.5 million.

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