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Police chief search could be speeded up

September 14, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Although the search for a new police chief for the Borough of Greencastle could take four to five months, Mayor Robert Eberly believes that if all candidates are interviewed by Oct. 19, it might be possible to hire someone by mid-November.

"There's been quite a good response," Eberly said. "We (want) to get interviews done as soon as applications" are received.

Greencastle Borough Manager Ken Myers said the borough received 14 requests for applications for the position, but none had been returned.

The Borough Council plans to have a special meeting next week to decide how to move forward with the process of searching for a new police chief.

"The whole council will meet and decide who is going to do the interviewing," Eberly said. "Whether we want them to return three names, four names or all the names."

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Eberly said the borough's Public Safety Committee, chaired by Paul Schemel, likely will interview the candidates.

Once the committee in charge of interviewing the candidates narrows the number, the Borough Council might order further investigation of those candidates.

Borough Police Chief Peter Mozurkevich resigned from his position Sept. 5 after the Greencastle Borough Council voted unanimously to fire him the night before. There was a consensus among the council that the chief was not a good fit for Greencastle.

In addition to searching for a new police chief, the borough has been advertising for full-time officers and had five candidates take civil service exams Sept. 12 to become Act 120 certified, Eberly said.

When the borough wants to hire a patrol officer, it must go to the Civil Service Commission, a three-person commission appointed by the borough and required by state law, Eberly said.

"They (the commission) do the advertising and the interviewing, they do the testing (and) after they are done testing they will send us a list of whoever passed the test and we will hire from that list," Eberly said.

Eberly hopes to hire two more full-time patrol officers from the list of those who passed the test.

"If we had two more full-time officers in our schedule, that could help a lot," he said. "When the chief left, he was working 50 hours a week, so we are trying to fill those hours."

Although Eberly considered putting an officer in charge within 10 days of Mozurkevich's resignation, he has decided not to do so.

"Everything is going to go as it is now. The next step will be the special meeting," he said.

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