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Shippensburg Borough Council appoints Sue Fisher to West Ward seat

4 January 2013 No Comment


SHIPPENSBURG — Shippensburg Borough Council voted unanimously to appoint Sue Fisher to the West Ward seat Thursday.

Fisher fills the seat left empty due to the resignation of Jon Baker. Council regretfully accepted his resignation Dec. 4 due to him moving out of the borough.

Sue Fisher, left, repeats after Shippensburg Mayor Bruce Hockersmith the oath for her appointment to the West Ward seat of Shippensburg Borough Council. (Amber South/Public Opinion)

Because she was appointed to the seat and not elected, Fisher will hold the seat for one year. Should she wish to continue in the position, she will need to begin the process required to get on the ballot in February.

During her interview with council, Fisher expressed ambition to learn more about the workings of the community and its government. Learning more about ordinances is a particular interest to her, she said.

“I think there’s a lot more to learn,” she said.

Fisher has been a member of the community her whole life, although she used to live outside of the borough. She told council she was a junior member of West End Fire and Rescue and served as an emergency medical services officer. She currently works as the deputy coroner in the Franklin County Coroner’s Office.

In her role as a council member, Fisher said she hopes to further practice her desire to help people.

“If I have any way to help serve I’ll be glad to serve in any capacity,” she said.

When asked by council member Kerri Burrows what improvements should occur in the borough, Fisher answered bringing in business, fixing properties and other areas with unpleasant aesthetics and enforcing ordinances.

She told council member Steve Brenize she is “not afraid to ask questions or get my hands dirty and jump in there,” when he asked about participation in discussing the variety of issues council faces.

Fisher said anyone who knows her can say she is not afraid to express her opinion on any subject. Council Vice President Kathy Coy, who has known Fisher for some time, said that although she knew the answer, she wanted to ask Fisher for the record about how she feels about expressing her opinion.

Council chose Fisher over two other candidates: Bill Lape and Andy Gettig.

By taking turns asking questions and allowing the candidates the opportunity to ask questions of council, council interviewed Fisher and Lape immediately before voting on the appointment.

According to Borough Manager Earl Parshall, Gettig was unable to attend the meeting because of prior commitments and would also be unable to attend half of the regular council meetings. In considering the candidates, most of council pointed to these potential absences for not choosing him.

Amber South can be reached at asouth@publicopinionnews.com and 262-4771.

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