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Antrim board promotes two to new staff positions

September 10, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Not long after restructuring its government to function without six upper-level employees, Antrim Township on Tuesday filled some of the holes in its new management structure and formally created others.

The Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to promote two existing employees, Paul Minnich and Sylvia House, to the positions of Maintenance/Roadmaster and Zoning Officer/Code Enforcement Officer, respectively, and through an ordinance formally remove any reference to a Township Manager from its code.

When the board voted to eliminate six positions on Aug. 21, its intent was to consolidate the jobs of five of the employees terminated into two new positions that would operate more efficiently, Supervisor Fred Young said.

The board intended to replace Township Manager Benjamin Thomas with a township administrator whose duties would be similar, and consolidate the positions of Utilities Director Charles Goetz, Utilities Superintendent Larson Wenger, Roadmaster Paul Barnett and Assistant Roadmaster Robert Wible into a position that would encompass Roads, Maintenance and Utilities in one.

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Young said the board would advertise for the two new positions as soon as possible.

On Tuesday, the board decided that it would only advertise for a township administrator/utilities director.

It was unanimous among the Board of Supervisors that Minnich, who has been a township roads worker for 11 months, was the ideal candidate to serve in the new Maintenance Supervisor/Roadmaster role created by the board.

Minnich said he has a background in maintenance supervision as wells as degrees in business and logistics management that stem from his career as a sergeant in the U.S. Army.

In a 4-0 decision, the board appointed Minnich and upped his pay to $18.60 per hour.

Likewise, the four members present on Tuesday agreed to have House replace Angie Garland as their Zoning Officer/Code Enforcement Officer saying that House had been doing the job very well since Garland left in August to teach in the Chambersburg Area School District.

Rick Baer was absent for both decisions.

The board said it will pay both Minnich and House retroactively for work they have done since the August restructuring.

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