Manager joins borough public works department
Bob Manahan likes "working between the curbs."
The Borough of Greencastle's new public works manager has an extensive background in road maintenance and is looking forward to learning more about water and sewer lines.
He started his new job Sept. 24, filling the post held by Dave Nichols for 27 years prior to his retirement on Aug. 31.
Manahan grew up in the Thurmont-Emmitsburg area and graduated from Catoctin High School.
He spent 30 years with Carroll County, Maryland, starting as a laborer and working his way through the ranks to area road chief. For 15 years, he was responsible for about 230 miles of road then spent the last seven years overseeing paving, bridges and traffic control crews.
He retired from Carroll County in 2016 then worked for about 18 months as assistant public works director in Silver Spring Township near Mechanicsburg.
"I want to learn all aspects of the water and sewer," Manahan said. "It's new to me."
He enjoyed handling a recent call from a Greencastle woman concerning very low water pressure. His department was able to do testing to determine the problem was her hot water heater.
"I'm happy to be here and looking forward to getting to know the citizens and continue to do the outstanding job that has been done in the past," Manahan said.
He has an experienced crew — Travis Atherton, Daniel Kendall Brian Maynard — with years of service to the borough.
He said the guys are very knowledgable about about public works, such as where water mains and service lines are located.
They are also very knowledgable about the town itself and can rattle off the names of residents. Or, if Manahan says an address, they will say that's where so-and-so lives.
Borough Council President Steve Miller lauded the crew when Manahan was introduced at the Oct. 1 borough council meeting. He explained there was a water main break after Nichols retired and before Manahan started.
"The team responded and took care of it," Miller said.
Manahan and his wife of 32 years, Wanda, live about 5 miles west of Gettysburg and have three grown children and three grandchildren.
His commute takes less time than his previous jobs, he calls it "an easy drive" and knows that being in Greencastle "is part of the process for snow removal."