Councilman asks Waynesboro council, solicitor to clear his name

January 24, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro councilman claiming to have been "crucified" by media coverage has asked the board and its legal counsel to clear his name.

Discussion at the Dec. 5 meeting of the Waynesboro Borough Council centered on allegations that Councilman Charles "Chip" McCammon personally accepted fees for municipally required inspection services. Although he was employed by Accredited Services Inc. when the alleged misconduct occurred, Council President Craig Newcomer referred to a copy of a letter written on borough letterhead.

The council directed Solicitor Melissa Dively to look at the letter.

Dively said last Wednesday that the letter was, in fact, not on official letterhead. Instead, McCammon photocopied an old business card onto the page, she said.

The correspondence "was apparently an invoice for services," Dively said.

The business card that had been photocopied was one from his earlier tenure as a borough inspector, Dively said. The customer had included payment with the letter and mailed it to the borough, she said.


Dively said that, as requested, the scope of her review only was into whether the letter was written on actual municipal letterhead.

"I would like the newspapers to make a big deal out of it like when they crucified me," McCammon said.

The Herald-Mail has asked the council president and solicitor to release the letter. Dively said she needs to determine whether the document is considered a private correspondence.

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