Mercersburg Council continues interviews for manager's post

January 30, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The first two of six applicants for the job of borough manager were interviewed Monday night and the next four are scheduled to meet with the search committee today, Mercersburg Borough Council member Roger Defibaugh said Tuesday.

Twelve people answered ads the council ran in area newspapers seeking applicants. The field was narrowed to six applicants for interviews, said Steven Mellott, acting borough secretary.

Mellott said he is among the 12 applicants for the position. He was hired by the borough in July 2003 as a part-time parking ticket clerk and zoning officer. He also worked as an administrative assistant for Thelma Ambrose, who was let go as borough manager in October.


Ambrose said at the time that she was "railroaded" out of the position. She said she was never given a reason for the termination.

Ambrose worked for the borough for nine years, first as a billing clerk, then as administrative assistant before being appointed borough manager in June 2001. She served as interim manager six months after Michael Collins resigned the post.

Ambrose's salary would have gone up to $33,000 this month had she kept her job, Defibaugh said.

The borough is offering a salary of $30,000 to $34,000, depending on experience, he said.

The council is seeking someone whose basic qualifications include a bachelor's degree in public administration. Applicants must have experience in grant writing, accounting, supervising and budget preparation, Defibaugh said. He said members of the council's personnel committee, which is serving as the search committee, along with representatives of the borough's water and sewer authorities have been impressed with the six applicants who have been scheduled for interviews. Three are from the Mercersburg area, two are from Maryland and one is from another state, Defibaugh said.

Defibaugh said the council hopes to have someone on board by mid-February.

Whoever is hired will be Mercersburg's sixth manager since 1997.

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