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Search for police chief in full swing in Greencastle

October 02, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, PA. - As of Tuesday afternoon, the borough of Greencastle had received 23 requests for applications and eight completed applications for the vacant police chief position, Borough Manager Ken Myers said during Monday's borough council meeting.

The three applications that were received as of Sept. 19 were reviewed by the Public Safety Committee - made up of council members Harry Foley, Gerald Pool and Chairman Paul Schemel - during a meeting Sept. 26.

Schemel said the committee discussed two matters - the review and hiring of two full-time officers and the police chief vacancy.

The committee reviewed the applications and discussed contacting other applicants to ask them to turn in their applications as soon as possible.

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"I had some very good conversations with people that they would send in their applications," Schemel said.

The recommendations for full-time officers will be based on those who took a civil service exam Sept. 12 to become Act 120-certified.

When the borough wants to hire a patrolman, it must go to the Civil Service Commission, a three-person commission appointed by the borough and required by state law, Mayor Robert Eberly said in early September.

The five candidates who took the exam passed it, and the Civil Service Commission will interview them for full-time positions Oct. 15, Myers said.

"We're hoping by the November meeting, we'll have two recommendations for full-time officers," Schemel said.

Eberly said two full-time officers and one part-time officer met with Waynesboro Police Chief Ray Schultz last Wednesday. The Waynesboro Police Department has offered to assist Greencastle during its time without a chief.

"It was a good meeting. We've got a good relationship with them," Eberly said.

One part-time officer returned to the force Sunday after being off for several months, and Eberly hopes to have another part-time officer on the schedule next week.

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