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Borough council moves ahead to fill police post

September 20, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, PA. - In the search to fill the Greencastle Police Department's chief vacancy, the Greencastle Borough Council on Wednesday authorized the borough's Public Safety Committee to begin receiving applications, which were being collected in the borough office.

The Public Safety Committee, made up of council members Harry Foley, Gerald Pool and Chairman Paul Schemel, will begin looking at applications during its regular meeting Sept. 26. Mayor Robert Eberly and Council President Charles Eckstine also will be at the meeting.

"(We're) basically just gathering what information comes in," Foley said.

Schemel said the committee would like to start looking at applications immediately.

"The committee is very anxious on narrowing down candidates," he said.

However, Councilman Harold Duffey was concerned about starting the process too soon.

"My opinion is we need to get more applications in," Duffey said.

Schemel clarified that he meant the Public Safety Committee would start reviewing applications Sept. 26, not sooner.

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As of Wednesday afternoon, 20 people had requested applications for the position and three completed applications had been returned, said Borough Manager Ken Myers. Requests for applications came from Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida, New York and Maryland.

Completed applications are due Oct. 19.

Schemel said the Public Safety Committee met last week to discuss the procedures that Greencastle police officers will follow while they do not have a chief.

"We want (the chief) to come to a department that is put together and functioning," Schemel said.

Eberly has been in charge of the police department and said it is doing well. The department has two full-time and two part-time officers, and three more part-time officers will be hired soon, Eberly said.

The borough considered putting one of the police officers in charge during the interim period, especially since Eberly will be out of the country in October. However, the council has decided not to put an officer in charge.

"When we talked to Chief Ray Schultz in Waynesboro, Charles (Eckstine) asked him if putting someone in charge was a good idea. Schultz said 'no,'" Eberly said.

During the meeting with Schultz, Eckstine asked if the Waynesboro Police Department would offer assistance to Greencastle during its time without a chief. Schultz gladly extended Waynesboro's services.

Police Chief Peter Mozurkevich resigned Sept. 5, after the Greencastle Borough Council voted to fire him the night before. Council members said Mozurkevich was not a good fit for Greencastle, Eberly said at the time.

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