Waynesboro hires new police chief

Jim Sourbier is currently police services supervisor at Penn State University in Mont Alto, Pa.

August 08, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Borough Council on Wednesday morning hired a new police chief, whose first day on the job will be Sept. 15.

Jim Sourbier will take the helm of the Waynesboro Police Department at a starting salary of $61,000 per year. He is police services supervisor at Penn State University’s campus in Mont Alto, Pa.

“It’s the opportunity to work in the municipal police venue again, and to continue to develop and build the department to serve the community,” said Sourbier, who lives in the Greencastle, Pa., area.

Sourbier, 49, graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School in 1980 and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Shippensburg (Pa.) University. He said his additional training and certifications include accident reconstruction specialist.

Waynesboro Mayor Richard Starliper, who oversees the police department, said the council received 21 applications for the vacancy created by the retirement of former chief Mark King. Six people were interviewed.


“What he’s going to bring to the table and the community is going to be the best,” Starliper said of Sourbier.

Sourbier said he has worked with Penn State Mont Alto for about 28 years.

“I kind of had the opportunity to (build that department) from the ground up,” he said.

Sourbier said he enjoys police work because officers lock up criminals and help people when they cannot help themselves. He entered the field after watching the work of his father and uncle, who were a game warden and police chief, respectively.

“I’m not all that important, but my responsibilities are significant,” Sourbier said.

The council voted 5-0 in a rare morning meeting to hire Sourbier. Councilman Darrel Potts was absent, and Councilman Mike Cermak participated by telephone.

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