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Mohn selected Washington Township supervisor

March 02, 2004|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Richard Mohn Jr. was picked from a field of six applicants to replace Richard Eigenbrode on the Washington Township Board of Supervisors.

Mohn, 45, of 13160 Iroquois Trail, Waynesboro, a newcomer to local government, was sworn in by Karen Hargrave, township secretary, and took his seat in the chair that Eigenbrode had occupied for 17 years.

Eigenbrode, 70, stepped down in January, citing health reasons.

The vote to seat Mohn was 3-1, with Supervisor Chris Firme dissenting. Stewart McCleaf, James Kirby and Art Cordell voted for Mohn.

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Firme, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., said he winnowed the candidates down to two over the weekend and, after listing pros and cons of each, decided that John Gorman, 44, of 12894 Monterey Lane, Blue Ridge Summit, would make the best supervisor.

"We need someone with Richard Eigenbrode's qualifications, his business and negotiating sense," Firme said.

Firme said he was impressed with Gorman's application for the job and interview.

The supervisors interviewed all six candidates who met the filing deadline in an open session Wednesday night. A seventh candidate, former Supervisor Dorsey Dick, missed the filing deadline and was disqualified.

Firme said Gorman has a master's degree in business administration, has excellent planning skills, has attended supervisor meetings since September, is community oriented, has no conflict of interest and has great people skills.

Firme said Mohn is a small-businessman "with some people skills." He's local and that "sometimes helps and sometimes hinders," he said.

Mohn has not attended meetings, he said.

After being sworn in and before he took his seat, Mohn, looking at Firme, said, "I assure you, Mr. Firme, that I will do the best job that I can."

He told his new fellow supervisors he felt privileged to take the office.

"I hope we can all work together," he said.

Eigenbrode's four-year term ends Dec. 31, 2005.

If Mohn intends to keep the job, he will have to run for the office next year in the May primary and in the November general election.

Mohn, like the other five applicants, told the supervisors when asked during last week's interviews that he would run for the office if he were appointed.

The other four applicants were Jeff Zody, Stanley McIntire, Richard Evans and Carroll Sturm.

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