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Waynesboro Council OKs hiring of 5 new cops

May 20, 2004|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Five police officers were hired by the Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday to bring the force to 18 officers, two short of its authorized strength of 20.

The council also decided to revert to its former policy of using a part-time, volunteer fire chief to replace Dale Fishack who led the Waynesboro Fire Department from 1997 until this year when he was forced out pending criminal charges filed against him by the borough.

Fishack's case is working its way through the criminal court system. He is charged with two counts of theft of fire department money, court records said.

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The new police officers won't be considered officially on the payroll until they pass physical and psychological exams and drug tests.

The five applicants, recommended after interviews with the council's personnel committee, are Robert E. Stansfield IV, David A. Jenkins, Bryan A. Chappell Jr., Travis A. Carbaugh and David A. Haugh.

The council will post the position of part-time fire chief in- house, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

Hamberger said the fire chief's position will be considered part-time.

Ron Flegel said he would put his name in.

"I'd like to have it," said Flegel, who is paid $200 a month as acting chief.

The council considered a third position Wednesday, that of building inspector, zoning officer and code enforcement officer.

The job has been held for seven years by Douglas Pyle, who is resigning effective Friday to take a job with a private construction company in Maryland. His resignation was accepted by the council Wednesday with regret.

Pyle's resignation comes when Waynesboro and all Pennsylvania communities must adopt a statewide building code which goes into effect July 1. The council adopted the code Wednesday.

Under the law, municipalities can hire their own certified inspector, hire a private contractor or share a state inspector with other communities.

Council President Charles "Chip" McCammon said after the meeting that the council is considering hiring a person to take over the borough's zoning officer and code enforcement officer duties and contracting with a private firm for the building inspector's job.

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