New Greencastle police chief to be sworn in Jan. 7

Search for borough manager continues

Search for borough manager continues

December 28, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. ? The Borough of Greencastle will ring in the new year with new Police Chief John H. Phillippy, who will be sworn in Jan. 7, Greencastle Borough Council Vice President Paul Schemel said.

The council also hopes to have a new borough manager by Jan. 20, Borough Council President Charles Eckstine said.

New police chief

Phillippy, 46, of Antrim Township, will begin his administrative duties as police chief Jan. 2, and will be sworn in by Mayor Robert Eberly during the Jan. 7 Greencastle Borough Council meeting, Schemel said.

Phillippy passed the psychological exam, physical exam and background check requirements of becoming police chief, Schemel said.

"There are no issues at this point," Schemel said. "We are very much looking forward to his beginning."

The council unanimously voted to offer the position of police chief, which pays $55,000 per year, to Phillippy on Dec. 3 after the borough had been without a chief for about three months.


Phillippy has 26 years of experience with the Chambersburg (Pa.) Police Department. He previously said he is excited about beginning his new job, and decided to apply for the position because the Greencastle-Antrim area is his home.

As chief, Phillippy will direct the police officers in the department, determine priority items for the department and evaluate what the department needs in terms of staffing, equipment and other areas, Schemel said.

The department has four full-time and six part-time officers.

"He thinks that all police departments should have a regular training regiment for all their officers," Schemel said.

Phillippy also wants to develop a comprehensive strategy for the police department, which would highlight the department's goals, strategies and priorities, and update the policy manual, Schemel said. Phillippy also will serve as a patrol officer and respond to calls, Schemel said.

"One of the things he stated is that he wants to have an open dialogue with the members of the press," Schemel said.

Borough manager

The Borough of Greencastle has received six applications for the borough manager position since advertising earlier this month, Eckstine said. The cutoff for applications was Dec. 20.

"We have some very positive candidates," Eckstine said.

Some of the applicants were from Greencastle, Waynesboro, Pa., Thurmont, Md., and Virginia, Eckstine said. Interim Borough Manager Ken Womack has applied for the job as well.

Ken Myers resigned as Greencastle borough manager in October to accept a position as manager of the borough of Huntingdon, Pa. He served as borough manager for 22 1/2 years.

Eckstine said when the new council comes on board Jan. 7, discussions will begin about the procedure for hiring a new borough manager.

"The person who is elected president, (he or she) will appoint the various committees and turn to the personnel committee to look at applications, interview and make a recommendation to council," Eckstine said.

A special meeting in January is likely, as the board does not want to wait until February to hire a new manager, Eckstine said. He estimated that Greencastle would have a new borough manager by Jan. 20.

Qualifications for the position include a degree and experience with municipal governments. An engineering degree would be a plus, but would be hard to come by, Eckstine said. The position would pay about $60,000 per year depending on qualifications, Eckstine said at the December council meeting.

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