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Waynesboro's fire chief resignation accepted

December 31, 2003|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The search will begin soon for a new borough fire chief after the Waynesboro Borough Council Monday night accepted the resignation of Chief Dale Fishack, who had been on administrative leave since early November.

Fishack, who was hired as the borough's first full-time fire chief in 1997, submitted a letter of resignation that was effective Dec. 19, said Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger.

"Council last evening essentially verified my administrative acceptance of his resignation," Hamberger said Tuesday. Because it is a personnel matter, Hamberger said he could not cite Fishack's reason for resigning or provide a copy of the resignation letter.

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Council President Douglas Tengler would not comment Tuesday on why Fishack was placed on administrative leave with pay on Nov. 4. He said Fishack had a closed hearing on the matter before the property committee on Nov. 25.

While the council voted unanimously to accept the resignation, Tengler said the special meeting had been called primarily to vote on a new workers' compensation package before the end of the year.

The fire chief position salary was listed at $38,285 in 2003, according to Hamberger.

Fishack will receive no severance package or extended benefits beyond Dec. 19, except for unused vacation, sick and personal days, said Councilman Clinton Barkdoll.

"We'll probably begin advertising for the position in mid-January," Hamberger said.

In addition to his duties as chief, Fishack was also one of the five paid drivers for the department. Hamberger said relief drivers are being used to fill Fishack's part of the schedule.

Deputy Chiefs Jody Sanders and Chris McGarity are overseeing department operations until a new chief is named, Hamberger said.

Tengler, who is leaving the council when his term expires next week, said he believes the borough should continue to have a full-time fire chief. He said the two volunteer fire companies that serve the borough, the Always There Hook and Ladder Co. and the Mechanics Steam, Fire Engine and Hose Co., should be closely involved in the selection process because a new chief will have to work with the volunteer firefighters.

Attempts to contact Fishack Tuesday were unsuccessful.

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