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Antrim Township hires administrator

January 16, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- It took dozens of interviews, more than a hundred résumés and four months for the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors to find the right person, but on Friday the board unanimously voted to hire a new township administrator.

The board voted to hire local resident Brad Graham to manage township staff starting in early February.

Graham said he is relatively new to the area, having moved here with his family in 2008 to serve as director of operations at Rhodes Grove Camp.

Board Chairman Curtis Myers said Graham will start at a salary of $50,000 per year, which could very likely increase when the board reviews his performance in six months.

Of all the candidates who applied for the position, Supervisor James Byers said Graham was the one who stuck out because of his integrity and honesty.

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Myers agreed.

"You know when you have a gut instinct about someone," Myers said of choosing Graham. "He (Graham) is well-rounded with experience in government and parks."

Graham said he has a background in management supervisory work that includes 15 years of facility administration in a public school system, and about 10 years managing two large Pennsylvania retreat and camp facilities.

While the administrator position has been advertised and the board has taken rsums since September, Graham said he just submitted his rsum about two weeks ago.

"I was looking for a new position and when I considered looking out of the area, I was met with some opposition from my family," he said.

Graham has two children in the Greencastle-Antrim School District who, together with his wife, Terri, enjoy living in the area, he said.

"We have really come to like it here," he said. "We have lived all over the state, and we are happy here."

Myers said Graham will take the helm in about two weeks. His first task is to meet employees and Township Solicitor John Lisko and start walking the steep learning curve.

"I plan to start by building relationships with all the township employees," Graham said.

Graham is the second candidate to whom the board offered the position.

Myers said the board was unable to come to terms with the recruiter for the other candidate, so it continued to interview applicants.

Graham's role will be similar to that of former Township Manager Ben Thomas and other township managers, according to the job description posted on the Antrim Township web site.

Thomas was let go in August when the board eliminated the township manager position and created it anew as township administrator.

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