Chambersburg is unique among Pennsylvania municipalities in that we utilize internal service funds to manage the administrative operations of the Borough much more so than other municipalities. This is because the largest departments of the Borough organization are the utilities and their finances are kept segregated.
- An Internal Service Fund (ISF) is a business like operation that provides services to other departments of the Borough
- A separate fund with its own revenues and expenses; generally in balance
- A fund that collects its costs either by invoicing for services or by standardized transfers of funds from other departments
- In Chambersburg, we have the following:
- Engineering Fund: Utility location, GIS Mapping, civil design and inspection (supervised by Phil Wolgemuth, Assistant to the Borough Manager)
- Motor Equipment Fund: Central garage, vehicle purchasing and financing (supervised by David Finch, Assistant Borough Manager)
- Stores/Warehouse Fund: Centralized purchasing and customer service center (supervised by John Leary, Gas Department Supervisor)
- Administrative Services Fund
The Administrative Services Fund is the home of:
- Clerical Pool Office: The shared secretaries leased to each department
- The Personnel & Payroll Office: The human resources office
- Information Technology: Computers, software, and utility invoicing
- City Hall & Customer Service: The custodians, meter readers, and front counter
- Finance & Accounting: Accounting and financial management for all departments
Most municipalities do not own and operate large scale utility operations so whatever back office operations they manage, they are often in their General Fund. In Chambersburg, most of employees, equipment, personnel, and financial work involve our utilities and therefore putting all the back office operations in a fund that bills back its costs to other departments makes much more sense. In doing so, the utilities, the largest users of these services, also pay the largest share of these back office operations.
However, not every function can be invoiced to the utilities:
- Certain functions, such as police, fire, land use, zoning, codes, and recreation must remain in the Borough’s General Fund and cannot invoice the utilities for operational expenses
- However, the Electric Dept and the Gas Dept do also pay their fair share of taxes to the General Fund (payments in lieu of gross receipts tax)
- By doing actual “cost based accounting” the Borough’s back office operations are fairly paid for in proportion to the size of each department (i.e. Electric pays the largest share because Electric is the largest operation as measured by revenues)
Who supervises the employees of the Administrative Services Department?
- Clerical Pool Office: Borough Manager
- The Personnel & Payroll Office: Borough Manager
- Information Technology: Borough Manager
- City Hall & Customer Service: Finance Director
- Finance & Accounting: Finance Director
The position of Borough Manager is established by State and Local Law. The Borough Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer of the municipality. He serves at the pleasure of the Town Council and manages all the day-to-day operations of the organization on their behalf. In addition, he is the Personnel Officer of the Borough, responsible for management of the employees.
The current Borough Manager is: Jeffrey M. Stonehill, ICMA-CM. Jeffrey serves as both the Borough Manager and the Director of Utilities. He was appointed Manager in January 2009. Jeffrey is a credentialed City Manager as recognized by the International City/County Management Association and active in State and Federal governance issues.
In 2019, Town Council adopted a Resolution lending the services of the Borough Manager to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority for the City of Harrisburg. Formed by Act 124 of 2018, this Commonwealth appointed group of volunteers will be helping Harrisburg with it's efforts to manage their finances. Borough Manager Stonehill was officially appointed to assist this group as their Authority Manager.
Also, here's a link to an article on the sharing of the Borough Manager with
the ICA Harrisburg:
The position of Finance Director is established by Local Law. However, the position of Treasurer is established by State Law. In Chambersburg, the Finance Director is also the Borough Treasurer. That person is responsible for the fiscal and fiduciary management of the Borough operations. In addition, he is the fiduciary in charge of the Borough’s independent pension plans.
The current Finance Director is Jason H. Cohen, MPA. Jason serves at the pleasure of the Borough Manager but was appointed as Treasurer by Town Council in 2013.
Finally, Town Council appoints an independent auditor to confirm that the fiscal operations are being handled in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for local government and State Law. The current independent auditor is Smith Elliott and Kearns & Company of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.