Borough Secretary

Open Records (RTK), Employment, and ABC Appointments

The Borough Secretary is also the Open Records Officer for the Borough and is an integral part of the overall management of the Municipality. The Secretary interacts with every Borough Department and works very closely with and under the direction of the Office of the Borough Manager.

Duties of the Secretary include, but are not limited to, administrative support to Borough Council, the keeping of the official records of the Municipality (including the taking of meeting minutes), managing the human resources services of Borough employees, advertising the necessary meeting schedules and ordinances, responding to Right-To-Know requests, and coordinating employment announcements.

Open Records and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

RTK RecordsGettysburg Borough is fully compliant with Act 3 of 2008, the Pennsylvania Right-To-Know Law, as may be amended; to provide access to public records of Gettysburg Borough, to preserve the integrity of Gettysburg Borough's records, and to minimize the financial impact to residents regarding the resources used in the receipt and processing of public record requests and the retrieval of copying of public records.

Definition of Public Record

A public record is defined as any record, including financial records, of a Commonwealth or local agency that is not exempt under Section 708 of Act 3 of 2008, is not exempt from being disclosed under any other Federal or State law or regulation or judicial order or decree, or is not protected by privilege. Records are information, regardless of physical form or characteristics, that document a transaction or activity of an agency and that is created, received or retained pursuant to law or in connection with a transaction, business or activity of the agency. The term includes a document, paper, letter, map, book, tape, photograph, film or sound recording, information stored or maintained electronically and a data-processed or image-processed document.

Sunshine Act and Right-To-Know Law

Even though these terms are often used synonymously, they do have different meanings and intentions.

Specifically, the Sunshine Act requires agencies to deliberate and take official action on agency business in an open and public meeting. The intention is to provide transparency in government - such that the people's business is being conducted in the open, free of undue influence and favoritism. It requires that meetings have prior notice, and that the public can attend, participate, and comment before an agency takes any official action. The Right-To-Know Law (RTKL) is a mechanism used for a citizen to gain access to governmental documents that are not protected by law (example: attorney-client privileged documents would exempt from disclosure under the RTKL).

For more specific information on the Open Records Law, please refer to the Pennsyvania State Office of Open Records (OOR).

Employment and Appointment to an ABC

For employment and appointment to an Authority, Board or Commission (ABC), please click the link provided for details.


Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Karen M. Mesher Planning Assistant / Asst. Borough Secretary (717) 334-1160 ext. 247
Tammy Murdorf Finance I (717) 334-1160 ext 227
Kara Riethmaier HR Coordinator & Project Management Assistant (717) 334-1160 ext. 248
Sara L. Stull Borough Secretary / Right-to-Know Officer (RTK) (717) 334-1160 ext. 240
Charles R. Gable, MPA Borough Manager / Treasurer (717) 334-1160 ext. 222