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Franklin County employees honored for service

April 04, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Seventy Franklin County employees representing 745 years of service were honored by the county with a luncheon last week at the Lighthouse Restaurant.

"I was hired part time and they said they needed leaves raked up at Franklin Farm Lane," John Hart said Thursday of his first job with the county. Hart, who has been with the county 30 years, is now the county's chief clerk and administrator, the chief official for the Board of Commissioners.

"I remember when every single personnel action and every single purchase went across my desk," said Hart, who has held his current position since the late 1980s. At that time, the county did not have fiscal, personnel and purchasing departments, and annual budgets were as low as $14 million.

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The 2005 county budget is more than $92 million, growth that Hart said is in large part accounted for by state- and federally mandated programs.

Hart could not remember what he was paid 30 years ago, but Sue Myers of the Controller's Office said her starting wage was $1.95 an hour.

"After 90 days, it went to $2.20" an hour, she said. "That makes what I make now terrific."

Myers said county employment has grown from about 250 people when she started to about 950 now.

Hart said he and Myers are not the longest-serving county employees. Some with more years of service have yet to hit the 35- and 40-year benchmarks, he said.

The county commissioners hosted the luncheon for those employees who have reached five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service.

Also at the luncheon were 218 employees who had perfect attendance at their jobs in 2004, according to Human Resources Director John Aguirre. That number has grown from 66 when the county first began recognizing those with perfect attendance in 1998, he said.

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