Thomas hired as interim manager for an Adams County township

PAT FRIDGEN
Ben Thomas Jr.

Ben Thomas Jr., former manager of Antrim Township, was named interim manager of Cumberland Township in Adams County. He will fill the vacancy left by former manager Florence Ford, who took a position with the Borough of Gettysburg. The board accepted her resignation at its July 27 meeting.

Thomas’s first day of work is Aug. 16. He will be responsible for the budget and daily operations of the township.

“I look forward to the opportunity,” he said.

Thomas was Antrim manager until Aug. 21, 2008, when the Board of Supervisors fired six top employees. They took the action following an operations study by a California firm. The supervisors have since hired an administrator. Thomas had worked for the township for 12 years. He and four other terminated employees filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the township in February 2009. That case has not been settled.

Cumberland Township encompasses 33.1 square miles. One-fifth of the land is the Gettysburg National Military Park, which draws 1.7 million visitors yearly. The retirement home of President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower is also in the township. It is owned and operated by the National Park Service.