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Greene Township names new supervisor

December 29, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

SCOTLAND, Pa. - The Greene Township Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed a new supervisor with a lot of experience in the day-to-day operations of a township, albeit in Hamilton Township.

Jeffrey W. Furry, 48, of 3555 Glen Eagles Drive, was selected from among 13 applicants to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Township Supervisor Rob Kauffman, who is leaving Friday to take the 89th District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Furry, an employee of the Hamilton Township Municipal Authority since 1993 and the son of a former Greene Township supervisor, said he intends to be a full-time working supervisor like the other members of the board, Chairman Charles D. Jamison and Glenn Shetter.

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In 2004, working supervisors were paid at a rate of $23.89 an hour, a figure set by the township auditors, as well as $3,250 a year for attending meetings.

"I'm ready. Where I'm at I wasn't going any further," Furry said of his decision to apply for the position. "I was looking for something and I love working with people."

"We want someone to be full time," Jamison said. He said it was an asset that Furry has a commercial driver's license and "he's plowed snow."

As a working supervisor, Jamison said Furry will be expected to do a lot of the tasks required for the day-to-day operation of the township, including plowing snow and working on road crews, as well as handling administrative duties.

Shetter said Furry also comes to the position with some financial experience as a trustee of the Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Co.

"We came down to several applicants. It was tough," said Jamison. "We chose Mr. Furry because of his background."

The board had 30 days to fill the vacancy from Dec. 31, when Kauffman's resignation takes effect. Kauffman abstained from the discussion and vote on his replacement.

A Republican, Furry said he intends to run for election to a full term in 2005.

Furry's father, Jack Furry, was a supervisor from 1987 to 1998 before retiring, Jamison said. He came out of retirement a year later to serve several more months on the board following the death of supervisor Dick Cramer.

Among the dozen other applicants was Travis Brookens of Fayetteville, Pa., the township's zoning officer. He said he does not intend to run for the supervisor's office next year.

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