Greencastle police get new chief

October 08, 2005|By RICHARD F. BELISLE


Peter Mozurkevich, a veteran Pine Grove, Pa., police officer, was the unanimous choice of the Greencastle Borough Council this week to succeed former Chief Terry Sanders who retired in March.

Mozurkevich, 48, who has 30 years experience as a police officer, will be paid $60,000 a year to head the four-officer Greencastle Police Department, Borough Manager Ken Myers said Friday.

Conditions of his employment require that Mozurkevich work a minimum of 50 hours a week, Myers said.

He has held supervisor's rank, including sergeant and captain in his career, but has never served as a police chief, Myers said.


Mozurkevich could not be reached for comment Friday.

Eight candidates applied for the position and three of the eight were interviewed. Among those interviewed was Greencastle officer Craig Wagner. Wagner was appointed acting chief when Sanders left, Myers said.

Mayor Robert "Red" Pensinger said while Wagner was considered to be an excellent candidate the council wanted new blood in the department's top position. "We wanted a fresh start and the vote on that was unanimous," he said.

A tentative date for Mozurkevich to take command is Oct. 31, Myers said. That date depends on how he does on pre-employment physical and psychological evaluations, requirements that must be met before a police officer is hired, he said.

Sanders, who served with the Greencastle Police Department for 25 years, the last 15 years as its chief, announced his retirement in March.

He said in a prepared release at the time that, "While we enjoyed a 'Mayberry' atmosphere here for many years, that time has now passed. We must acknowledge that we live in a different time. We must prepare for, adapt to and deal with the current and future (criminal) environment and corresponding law enforcement requirements."

Pensinger said of Sanders in March, "Terry was very reliable and did a good job. I'm sad to see him go."

Mozurkevich will become the department's fourth member.

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