Swain appointed county clerk

July 16, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -- A 13-year Fulton County (Pa.) commissioner has resigned and been appointed the county's new chief clerk.

Daniel H. Swain Jr. will be paid an annual salary of $52,416.

Pennsylvania code stipulates that President Judge Douglas Herman will appoint a replacement commissioner to serve the remaining 2 1/2 years of Swain's term.

Swain started his new role Monday.

"I just love county government and the good we've been able to do," Swain said.

Former Chief Clerk Dick Wible recently announced his retirement after 34 years.

Swain, who worked as a planning director from 1989 to 1991, was appointed July 9.

"I obviously didn't vote on my appointment," he said.

The position was not advertised for other applicants.

Swain said he feels his knowledge of county operations and technology are assets for the position. Working with elections and $3.7 million in building renovations await him.


Swain, who won his last commissioner election by about a dozen votes, said he knew a change was needed. He wanted to continue serving the county and working with commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer and David R. Hoover II.

"I just have a tremendous amount of respect for them," he said.

Wible's retirement announcement came at the same time as a part-time employee's resignation for what Swain described as personal reasons. That left one employee in the office.

"Someone had to hit the ground running," he said.

Swain works part time in software development and described himself as having an inventor's mind-set. He grew up in Fulton County and lives near Warfordsburg, Pa.

Swain moved into the new position at a time when Fulton County's unemployment rate stands at 13.4 percent. Stimulus money was awarded to the county to offer additional training opportunities for jobless residents.

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