NEWS

Assistant borough manager hired for Greencastle

PAT FRIDGEN
Susan Armstrong is the new assistant borough manager for Greencastle.

Susan Armstrong, Carlisle acting borough manager, was hired by Greencastle Borough Council as the new assistant borough manager at Monday night’s meeting. She is expected to assume manager responsibilities in January after the retirement of current manager Kenneth Womack.

Armstrong, 49, has 23 years of municipal government experience. She has been at the helm in Carlisle since February, and was the assistant since 2008. The Chambersburg native began her career in Guilford Township working for the water and township authorities until 2001, when she was hired by the Borough of Carlisle.

Her start date in Greencastle is Sept. 17. Her salary was not announced. Council members Charles Eckstine, Harry Foley, Frank Webster Jr., Wade Burkholder, James Farley and Matt Smith approved her appointment on July 2. Craig Myers was absent.

“We are confident we have selected someone who has the experience, skills, ability to communicate and talent necessary to be an effective borough manager,” said council president Eckstine.

Armstrong was one of 22 applicants for the position from across the United States. Eleven initial screenings were conducted and five candidates were interviewed a second time. Borough council interviewed three finalists on June 4 and 6.

“Thank you,” Armstrong told the board after the announcement, in the presence of her mother and good friends. “I really appreciate the opportunity that’s been afforded me.”

She plans to move to Greencastle, and is attending college for a degree in business administration. After completing courses at Hagerstown Community College, she will transfer to Shippensburg University. She was excited to continue her education, stating she had been blessed with good bosses and mentors through the years.

While in Carlisle, Armstrong activated an information technology strategy, worked on parking issues, helped with economic development initiatives including long-term leases with a development corporation and visitor’s bureau, lobbied federal and state legislators on grant funding, and promoted staff and employee growth.

Armstrong expected to meet the Greencastle employees this week and acquaint herself with the community before starting her duties.