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Redding wins four-year term as Chambersburg, Pa., mayor

November 09, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA.

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

Republican John A. Redding easily won election to a four-year term as Chambersburg mayor on Tuesday, defeating Democratic nominee Jason Bitner, according to complete, but unofficial, results from the Franklin County Election Board.

Redding, 74, had 1,954 votes to 690 for Bitner, 29, according to unofficial results.

A Fourth Ward councilman for almost 12 years, Redding defeated incumbent Mayor Tom Newcomer in the May 17 primary to win the GOP nomination. Redding resigned from the council earlier this year after moving to another ward.

Redding is the retired director of personnel, training and force development for the U.S. Army Depot System Command and the current chairman of the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority's board of directors.

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Bitner works at the Gabler Trucking Inc. warehouse near Chambersburg and is a former deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.

The mayor's primary duty is the management of the borough police department, with its 31 full-time and seven part-time officers. The department has the largest budget in the general fund, projected at $3.6 million in 2006.

Redding said he needs to get into office and examine the needs of the department before making any recommendations on staffing or other matters.

"I need to get in and give it a good, hard look," he said.

The mayor's annual salary is $5,625.

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