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Ambrose to replace late father as Pa. township's tax collector

May 28, 2004|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

Donald L. Ambrose will replace his father, Richard "Dick" Ambrose, as tax collector in Washington Township, Township Manager Michael Christopher said Thursday.

The senior Ambrose, who held the job since 1990, died in office earlier this month.

Donald Ambrose worked with his father for the last 14 years, Christopher said, a factor that put him ahead of the other candidates who applied for the job.

The supervisors interviewed 10 other applicants.

"The supervisors felt that his familiarity with the process and his knowledge of the office was a big factor," Christopher said. "He's been running the office for a whole year and he's been helping his father in the office since he started," Christopher said. "At the end of the day, that was the overwhelming factor, even though a lot of well-qualified candidates applied."

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Tax collectors are elected in Pennsylvania. Ambrose's appointment runs until Dec. 31, 2005, the end of his father's term. If he wants to continue after that he will have to run in the primary election next spring and in the general election in November, if he is nominated.

The position requires Ambrose to collect taxes for Washington Township, the Waynesboro Area School District and Franklin County.

His $41,032 annual salary is made up of $16,213 from the school district, $12,541 from the county and $12,277 from the township.

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