City manager, planner, police chief retiring

LOCK HAVEN — Eighty-eight years of service is no small thing, and all of that combined experience is walking out the door of City Hall in about a week.

City Planner Leonora M. Hannagan will retire Dec. 31 after 21 years with the city, police Chief Keith Kibler will conclude his 25 years on the force to become a district judge in January, and City Manager Richard W. Marcinkevage also is retiring at the end of the month after 41 years as a city employee.

All three longtime employees received a key to the city from city council. The keys each came in a wooden box fronted with a plaque listing the recipients’ years of service and positions held.

Marcinkevage received a standing ovation Monday night at the conclusion of city council’s last meeting of the year.

The council room was crowded with about 50 friends and relatives, all three Clinton County commissioners, city staff members, media representatives and others.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives sent certificates of congratulations to Marcinkevage and Hannagan, and a certificate in honor of Kibler’s years with the Lock Haven Police Department.

Councilman Ted Forbes had the honor of leading council’s farewell to Kibler, who started as a patrol officer in 1992, became patrol supervisor in 1998, detective sergeant in 2013, and chief of police in 2014.

Forbes noted Kibler’s skill as a spokesman for the police bargaining unit and his fellow officers.

Kibler said he enjoyed his 25 years on the force. “I appreciate all the opportunities the city has provided me with,” he said.

Detective Sgt. Kristen Smith will become acting chief in his place.

Hannagan received her key to the city from Councilman Richard L. Conklin and joked, “I just want to know what it opens.”

She assured council she will be in town and can help her replacement, Maria Boileau, if she needs any advice or assistance.

“I truly had a wonderful time,” she said.

Council Vice President Stephen L. Stevenson earned laughter when he said, “I’ve been around the city all my life, and I think Rich has been here all my life.”

He remarked on Marcinkevage’s dedication and service to the city, first as engineer, starting in 1976, then as manager since 1997.

“I don’t know who could have been a more consummate, dedicated professional as our city manager,” he said.

With his usual dry humor, Marcinkevage lifted his key out of its box and, in response to the city planner’s question, suggested it might be handy for opening a bottle.

“We’ve been through fires, floods, snow storms, labor strikes, droughts,” he said, adding that the city staff members are the reason he’s been able to do everything he has.

Marcinkevage has seen the city make it through difficulties, from the Hammermill strike, to the Drake Chemical Co. Superfund cleanup, to the flood protection levee.

“I’ve had really cooperative council people to work with,” he said.