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Lagiovane elected Chambersburg mayor

November 07, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Peter Lagiovane on Tuesday defeating Franklin County Sheriff Robert Wollyung 1,706 to 1,306 to become Chambersburg's next mayor, according to complete, but unofficial results from the Franklin County Election Board.

Lagiovane, 60, will fill out the remaining two years on the term of Mayor John Redding, who died in May of complications following heart surgery. Former county commissioner Samuel W. Worley has been serving as interim mayor since shortly after Redding's death.

"I'm back to my original plan, which was to retire and go fishing," said Wollyung, who last year announced he would not be seeking a fifth term as sheriff. Because Redding's death came after the May 15 primary, the county Republican Committee selected Wollyung and the Democratic Committee selected Lagiovane to be on Tuesday's ballot.

"I think I've got to get a better feel for the borough budget ... establish a good working relationship with the borough council and the police chief," said Lagiovane. "I want to carry on John Redding's legacy of consensus building."

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Lagiovane served much of his federal career with the Department of Energy and has been a resident of Chambersburg for 34 years.

A native of Pottsville, Pa., Wollyung served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 29 years before being elected sheriff 16 years ago.

The primary duties of the mayor are to cast the tie-breaking vote in the case of a deadlock on the borough council and oversight of the Chambersburg Police Department.

The position pays $5,625 this year, according to borough records.

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