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Greencastle appoints Womack new borough manager

February 06, 2008|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Borough of Greencastle officials found that the best candidate for the job already was in the position. Ken Womack had the interim tag removed from his title Monday night when the Borough Council unanimously appointed him as the borough manager of Greencastle, Council President Charles Eckstine said Tuesday.

"We couldn't have hoped for a better candidate for that position," Eckstine said. "We thought he was the best qualified of the applicants."

Since early November, Womack, 58, of Carlisle, Pa., has served as the borough's interim borough manager through Keystone Municipal Services, a government consulting firm that provides various services, such as interim management.

"Having an opportunity to do it as the interim for 2 1/2 months or so gives you a chance to see what it will be like," Womack said. "From that standpoint, it was a really good experience -- it gave me a feeling that I could work here."

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That was one reason Womack decided to apply for the borough manager position.

"I just thought it would be a good place to work full time and made the decision to apply," Womack said.

Womack assumed the duties of borough manager Monday, he said. During the borough council meeting, Womack also was appointed borough secretary, borough treasurer and an authorized check signer.

"As a borough manager, I have general responsibility of the borough activities," Womack said.

Seven people submitted applications for the borough manager position. The council's personnel committee, made of up council members Nancy Dunn, K. Duane Kinzer and Christopher Grimm, was given the task of going through the applications and bringing a maximum of three candidates to the council to interview.

Womack previously worked as a zoning officer and assistant manager of Carlisle for seven years and is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel.

"I think the military experience is always good," Womack said. "During that time, I had a chance to command a couple of units and that's essentially some good management experience and good people experience."

"The seven years at Carlisle was specifically with municipal management," Womack said.

As borough manager, Womack will receive $63,600 per year, but will not receive health benefits because he receives them from another source, he said. Womack will work at least 40 hours per week. As interim manager, he worked 22 to 24 hours per week.

"Quite frankly, there was enough going on that having to leave for a day and coming back a day didn't work too well," Womack said of working as interim manager. "I'm the kind of person that likes to get up and get out of bed every morning and come to work."

Some of Womack's goals for the borough include looking at how the borough does business, better use of technology and a capital improvements budget, he said.

"We generally want to take a look at everything and see if there is a better way to do it," Womack said. "(Also) a better use of technology to communicate with our citizens, council and employees and streamline our functions here to provide better services to our citizens."

Womack does not plan to move to Greencastle because he recently moved to a new home in April. The borough council did not have a problem with it, he said.

Womack replaced Ken Myers, who resigned in November to accept a position as manager of the borough of Huntingdon, Pa.

Staff writer Jennifer Fitch contributed to this story.

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