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Worley named Chambersburg mayor

June 12, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Former Chambersburg councilman and Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioner Samuel Worley has been named acting mayor of Chambersburg, pausing after taking the oath of office to remember the late John A. Redding Jr. on Monday.

Redding, who died May 21, had been the borough's mayor for a year and a half and was "a good friend to all of us," Worley said.

Members of council wiped their eyes when a resolution was adopted memorializing the late mayor and a letter of thanks from his wife, Lois, was read at their meeting.

"I feel deeply honored to serve as mayor of Chambersburg, the queen city of the Cumberland Valley," Worley said.

Council President William F. McLaughlin took over the duties of mayor immediately following Redding's death, which has been attributed to complications from heart surgery. Borough code allowed McLaughlin to fill in for 30 days until an acceptable interim mayor was found.

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The Republican and Democratic parties will each nominate someone to finish the remaining two years of Redding's term. Those candidates will appear on ballots in November's election.

Worley, a retired bank vice president, said he will not throw his hat in the ring for the election. The changeover will occur at the Jan. 7, 2008, council meeting.

Worley, 80, served two partial and four full terms as a councilman, resigning in 1988 to start an eight-year stint as a commissioner.

"It's kind of like a reunion," Worley joked, saying he doesn't need a tour of Borough Hall.

His return to the board came from "a desire to serve the public and a keen interest in Chambersburg," a town he has walked many times.

"This borough has a very outstanding reputation among other boroughs in Pennsylvania in terms of organization and leadership," Worley said.

Worley moved to Chambersburg with his new wife, June, in 1946 after his return from World War II. He serves on the boards of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. and Franklin County Conservation District.

A member of Central Presbyterian Church, Worley said he wants to develop a "friendly and working relationship with council, the chief of police and the police department."

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