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Waynesboro gets new assistant manager

September 24, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Waynesboro Borough Council on Thursday hired an assistant borough manager who will start work Nov. 1.

Jason Cohen, 29, is the manager of the Borough of Mercersburg, a smaller municipality approximately 18 miles away. He'll work with Waynesboro Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger.

"I look forward to working in this job alongside someone who has been here 30-plus years," Cohen said.

The borough council voted 5-0 to hire Cohen at a starting annual salary of $46,175. Councilman Jason Stains abstained from the vote because he had applied for the new position.

Hamberger said the borough received 30 applications, then narrowed the pool of candidates down to six people. Three people were chosen as finalists.

Cohen graduated from Greencastle-Antrim High School and studied political science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His master's degree in public administration was awarded by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

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Cohen and his wife live in Antrim Township, Pa., and are expecting their first child. He's worked in Mercersburg for three years.

Cohen said he applied for the job because he saw it as an opportunity for advancement, with new tasks and opportunities. He said council members told him one of his main focuses will be recreation, which he didn't do much in Mercersburg.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to expand my skill set," Cohen said.

In other business at Wednesday's meeting, the borough council unanimously accepted the resignation of police officer Derek Lange. According to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office, Lange is charged with theft for allegedly stealing more than $22,000 in workers compensation.

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