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Officers moved to full time by Greencastle Council

March 09, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Borough officials said this week that Greencastle hopes to hire additional part-time officers to balance the recent promotion of two officers to full-time status.

Greencastle Borough Council President Charles Eckstine said the council voted unanimously Monday to advertise for part-time officers and to hire officers Keith Russell and Eric Kamoie full time.

Eckstine said the council hopes to hire two additional part-time officers in the coming weeks, and already has advertised the vacancies.

"Council has already approved a certain number of, I think eight, part-time officers," Eckstine said. "This is filling the empty slots."

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Eckstine said the process for hiring part-time officers is different from hiring full-time officers.

"The chief can evaluate part-time officers," he said. "They do not have to take the civil service exam."

The police force has not had a full-time officer besides the chief since officer Bob Petrunak resigned in December.

In January, the Greencastle Civil Service Commission presented council with a list of eligible candidates for full-time positions, but none of the officers were available to take a position, said Paul Schemel, public safety committee chair.

Police Chief Peter Mozurkevich previously has said that he and his eight part-time officers have been able to cover every shift since Petrunak resigned, but admitted they could use more help.

Schemel said the council received the names of Russell and Kamoie as full-time candidates from the Civil Service Commission after the officers took the Civil Service Exam in early February.

Russell and Kamoie took the exam along with another part-time Greencastle officer who withdrew his name from consideration because of a prolonged injury rehabilitation, Eckstine said.

Both Russell and Kamoie have worked as part-time officers in Greencastle since 2006.

Eckstine said he anticipated the council would hire at least one candidate, but said he was pleased it chose to hire both.

By hiring two current Green-castle officers to fill the full-time positions, Eckstine said the council has room to hire more part-time officers and bring the total force up to 10 officers plus the chief.

The council increased the police budget in December to accommodate the cost of paying additional officers.

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