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New Greencastle police chief 'excited' about new position

December 05, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Sgt. John H. Phillippy accepted the position of Greencastle police chief late Monday, according to Greencastle Borough Council Vice President Paul Schemel.

The council unanimously voted to offer the job, which pays $55,000 a year, to Phillippy after a lengthy executive session Monday night.

"Now the mayor will be arranging for a psychological exam, physical exam and background check," Schemel said. "We anticipate those will turn out without any problems."

Phillippy, who lives in Antrim Township, has 26 years of experience with the Chambersburg Police Department. He has been a patrolman, detective, corporal and, for the last 13 to 15 years, sergeant.

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"I'm excited about it," said Phillippy, 46, who anticipates starting his new position by the first of the year. "It's going to be a challenge, but I'm looking forward to getting on with the matter at hand - getting the department taken care of and getting things in order."

Phillippy, who was born in Hagerstown, moved to Antrim Township three years ago. He lived in the area when he was a teenager.

"I've always had family from the Greencastle-Antrim area," Phillippy said.

Phillippy said he decided to apply for the Greencastle police chief position "mainly because it's home."

"I look forward to serving the people of Greencastle," Phillippy said.

Schemel said Phillippy has to decide how much notice to give to the Chambersburg Police Department.

The Greencastle Police Department has been operating under the direction of Mayor Robert Eberly since Peter Mozurkevich resigned from his position Sept. 5.

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