New Greencastle police chief, council members sworn in

January 08, 2008|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - With a full meeting room and most of the Greencastle Police Department sitting in the front row, newly elected and re-elected Greencastle Borough Council members as well as new Police Chief John H. Phillippy were sworn in Monday night as the council reorganized.

Councilman Charles Eckstine was unanimously re-elected as borough council president by the nomination of councilman Harry Foley. Eckstine will be in the position for two years.

By another unanimous vote, Paul Schemel was re-elected as council vice president through the nomination of Craig Myers. Schemel will serve as vice president for two years.

Four council members were sworn in by Greencastle Mayor Robert Eberly. Myers was sworn in as a newly elected councilman for a two-year term. Nancy Dunn was sworn in as newly elected council member for a four-year term. K. Duane Kinzer, who previously served on the council, was sworn in for a four-year term.


Christopher Grimm was sworn in for a four-year term after being re-elected in the November elections. Grimm was appointed to the board in January of 2007 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Kate Deater.

"I want to welcome the new members," Eberly said.

Phillippy, 46, of Antrim Township, began his administrative duties as police chief Jan. 2.

"I will do everything in my power to provide the best law enforcement protection through myself and with eight of these fine folks over here to the community of Greencastle," Phillippy said after being sworn in. "We look forward to working with each and every one of you and hopefully this is going to be a good relationship."

Eberly said since Phillippy began his administrative duties, he has not yet patrolled.

"He's been working in the office, setting up files, reviewing reports," Eberly said.

However, Greencastle can expect to see Phillippy on the streets today, Eberly said.

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.

Seven of the eight Greencastle Police Officers were present to see Phillippy sworn in. The department currently has two full-time officers and six part-time officers. Eberly said two more full-time officers should be working by March.

Charles Lamielle of Bradford, Pa., and Derick Newton of Myrtle Beach, S.C., have accepted positions with the Greencastle Police Department. Eberly said he hoped Lamielle would have been on the force by now, but delays in paperwork have kept both men from starting.

"We are waiting for them to be certified by Pennsylvania," Eberly said.

Lamielle served as a military policeman in Iraq for five years and Newton was on the Myrtle Beach, S.C., police force and has family ties to Greencastle, Eberly said.

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