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New council member eager to contribute

January 12, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Entering his new position on the Greencastle Borough Council with "cautious optimism," Christopher Grimm says he is excited to begin his career in politics.

"Politics is a new thing for me," he said. "It can bring out the good and it can bring out the bad, but I think it will be good."

The council appointed Grimm, a regional loan officer for First National Bank of Mercersburg, at its Jan. 2 meeting to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Kate Deater, who resigned in December.

Jan. 2 was the first council meeting for Grimm, who has lived on Orchard Road for five years.

Grimm, 37, chose to apply for the vacant position because of his affinity for Greencastle.

"I really like working in Greencastle and I want to work to maintain its charm for future generations," he said.

Council member Paul Schemel said the council selected Grimm after interviewing the four candidates Michelle Emmitt, Paul Politis, Guy Camp III and Grimm.

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"The process was not long," he said. "We interviewed each, took roll call of each council member and Chris won with four votes."

Borough manager Ken Myers said Grimm's appointment will last through the end of 2007 and the seat will then be filled by election.

Even though Grimm is new to politics, he plans to pursue the path and run for borough council in the May 2007 primary.

Grimm is an active Republican, but said he does not feel his party affiliation will make much difference on the local level.

"I agree with councilman Schemel that the issues our town deals with are not necessarily partisan ones," he said.

Beyond what he heard Jan. 2, Grimm said he is behind on many town issues, but that he plans to study the status quo and talk to residents before taking any stand.

"I don't have an agenda," he said. "I want to work on ensuring Greencastle remains Greencastle."

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