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Longtime Greencastle borough manager resigns

October 19, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - After serving as the borough manager of Greencastle for 22 1/2 years, Ken Myers announced his resignation Wednesday to accept a position as manager of the borough of Huntingdon (Pa.).

"It's a larger community with a larger staff and I'll have the ability to wear a few less hats than I do here and dedicate more time in managing and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the borough," said Myers, a lifelong resident of Greencastle, who has worked for the borough for 30 years.

"We're small," Myers said of Greencastle. "We operate on a smaller budget, a much smaller staff, so a lot of the work falls back on me."

Myers, 48, was hired by the borough in November of 1977 to be trained to replace the previous borough manager. He became borough manager 7 1/2 years later.

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"I love Greencastle and I love the people of Greencastle," Myers said. "It's been an honor and privilege to serve Greencastle and its residents for the past 30 years."

Nov. 9 will be Myers' last day on the job.

Myers said he had been looking at other positions for a while and Huntingdon "seems to be a very nice community with a lot of similarities to Greencastle," he said.

The 2006 estimated population of Huntingon was 6,827. It is the county seat of Huntingdon County.

"It's very difficult to make the decision to leave Greencastle," Myers said. "I've reached a point in my life where I'm ready for change - I've just felt that it's time for me to move on from Greencastle."

Myers said he wanted to wait to move until his four daughters were finished with school. His youngest daughter graduated from high school in the spring.

Myers will start his new job Nov. 12.

Greencastle Borough Council President Charles Eckstine said he was happy for Myers.

"I'm happy for him because obviously that's what he wanted to do - it will be a change of scenery for him," said Eckstine, who has been on the council for 14 years. "It will give him an opportunity to use his skills in a different area."

"The fact that he worked for 30 years speaks for itself," Eckstine said.

Frank Mowen, who was mayor of Greencastle from 1991 to 2000 and worked closely with Myers, was surprised to hear about his resignation.

"I thought he did a good job," Mowen said. "He seemed like he was always up on things."

What Mowen remembers the most about working with Myers was that he "always seemed to have the answers when you had a question."

Eckstine said replacing Myers could take several months.

"Within a week or two, we'll get serious about where we want to advertise," Eckstine said. "The Personnel Committee will decide where to advertise and how to go about doing it."

Eckstine said he had no concerns about the borough finding a replacement for Myers because he believes there are a lot of people interested in the position.

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