Message from the Manager
As a municipal manager who is forward thinking, action oriented, and purpose driven, it is an honor and privilege to live and work in Gettysburg - a small town with a national and international presence. Everyday, I look forward to working for the people who live, work, and play here. No day is the same as the one before, which makes my position very exciting, and challenging. It is in these challenges where I personally get to see the best in the people who work together to solve a problem and advance the position of Gettysburg on the national and international stage. No challenge is too large to solve or vision too distant to grasp if a group working together share and apply the same positive values and ethics.Together, lets preserve Gettysburg's past, honor its present, and prepare for its future!
Charles joined the Borough's staff on May 5, 2014. Prior to his appointment as Manager in Gettysburg, Charles was both the Borough Manager and the Manager of the Brookville Municipal Authority (water/sewer) in Brookville, Pennsylvania. Charles has also served six years on the Planning Commission in State College, Pennsylvania and four years on the Centre Region Planning Commission (a regional planning commission comprised of six municipalities surrounding the State College Borough).
Prior to entering the field of Public Administration, Charles was a meteorologist at both The Weather Channel (Atlanta, GA) and AccuWeather (State College, PA). Charles has a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State University and has completed research in disaster mitigation. He holds certificates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) in:
- Duties and Responsibilities of the Emergency Management Coordinator,
- FEMA's Mitigation eGrant Application System,
- Hazard Materials Awareness, and
- National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Charles is originally from Harleysville, Pennsylavnia just northwest of Philadelphia. When not working for Gettysburg, Charles enjoys traveling, learning about history, and camping.
Charles is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) with a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Charles also holds a Masters Certificate from Penn State in Public Budgeting and Financial Management. Charles' copyrighted Masters Paper is titled Bridging Social Capital - A University Town's Struggle, which focuses on municipalities who are hosts to colleges/universities and the friction between town residents and students of the colleges/university (also known as town/gown relationships).
Charles is a guest lecturer at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and has been a recurring guest on Inside Pennsylvania Boroughs, a public affairs television program produced by The Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB).
American Society for Public Administration - ASPA
Charles is the Recent Past President and current Board Member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) - a professional association of practioners and academics across multiple disciplines in the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors. ASPA is the leading interdisciplinary public service organization that:
- Advances the art, science, teaching, and practice of public and non-profit administration,
- Promotes the value of joining and evaluating the public service profession,
- Builds bridges among all who pursue public purposes at home and internationally,
- Provides networking and professional development opportunities to those committed to public service values, and
- Achieves innovative solutions to the challenges of governance.
ASPA's core values are:
- Accountability and Performance,
- Ethics, and
- Social Equity.
International City/County Management Association - ICMA
Charles is a member of the International City/County Management Association, a network of professionals who continually strive to learn best practices in municipal management and share their experiences with one another. ICMA advances professional local governemnt worldwide. The organization's mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build better communities.
ICMA identifies leading practices to address the needs of local governments and professionals serving communities globally. ICMA provides services, research, publications, data and information, peer and results-oriented assistance, and training and professional development to thousands of city, town, and county leaders and other individuals and organizations throughout the world. The management decisions made by ICMA's members affect millions of people living in thousands of communities, ranging in size from small towns to large metropolitan areas.
Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Management - APMM
Charles is also a member of the Association for Pennsylvania Municipal Managment (an ICMA Affiliate). Charles is a participant in APMM's Professional Development Program, which compliment's the ICMA's Certified Municipal Manager's credentialling program. APMM is a non-profit, nonpartisan association of professional municipal managers and administrators working in Pennsylvania local governemnt. APMM's mission is dedicated to the promotion of professional and effective local government management in Pennsylvania.
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Borough Manager / Treasurer
May 5, 2014
Borough Manager / Treasurer
May 5, 2014
July 1, 2019