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Borough manager expected to be named Monday

March 03, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A new borough manager for Mercersburg may be named when the Borough Council meets Monday, the council president said.

The council is recruiting a replacement for Thelma Ambrose, who was fired from in October.

Twelve people have applied for the job. The council is offering a salary range between $30,000 and $34,000 a year, depending on experience, Borough Council President Joshua Meyers said.

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

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

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Ambrose said at the time she was never given a reason for her termination.

The borough advertised the position in area newspapers.

Half the applicants were local, Meyers said, and only one of the 12 was a woman.

Although preferred, a college degree is not a requirement for the position. Applicants need experience in grant writing, accounting, supervision and budget preparation.

The new manager will be Mercersburg's sixth since 1997. Predecessors include Judy Chambers, Barbara Deason, who served in an acting capacity, James Leventry, Collins and Ambrose.

The committee narrowed the field to six candidates. Three were selected for interviews.

"Each one was interviewed twice by the full council, Meyers said.

The personnel committee members include chairman Tom Suddeth, Jo Ellen Schaub and Roger Defibaugh.

Meyers said he expects the council to announce its selection Monday.

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