Harbin prepares to exit dual roles in Carnegie

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As the days tick by toward his last day of work on June 28, Jeffrey Harbin, Carnegie police chief and borough manager, says he senses a difference in himself.

"I can feel myself starting to relax," he said, as he looks forward to joining LouAnn, his wife of 35 years, at their newly built home near Charlotte, N.C., where the couple moved last month from their North Fayette house.

Moving south with the Harbins was his mother, Judy, 86, who formerly lived on 7th Avenue in Carnegie.

Although he has moved, the chief/manager has returned to the borough to finish his work and clean out his office.

Beuter named interim manager

Carnegie council members voted unanimously Monday night to appoint Stephen Beuter as interim manager.

Mr. Beuter, 27, of Scott, has been an administrative assistant in the borough office for more than three years.

"I think this was the right decision," said Councilman Mike Sarsfield, who described Mr. Beuter as "a diligent, very effective employee" who is customer-friendly.

Mr. Beuter said he sees the borough manager job as a great opportunity.

A graduate of Chartiers Valley High School, he holds a business management degree from Robert Morris University.

As for appointing a new chief to succeed Jeff Harbin, council President Rick D'Loss said officials were scheduled to interview three sergeants who have applied for the job.

Mr. D'Loss said it is his hope that the appointment will be made before Mr. Harbin leaves town at the end of the month.

-- By Carole Gilbert Brown

On Monday, Carnegie council unanimously approved Chief Harbin's leave request, effective Aug. 9.

From June 29 to Aug. 9, the chief will take his accumulated unused vacation days, solicitor Joe Lucas said.

The question on many peoples' minds is what Mr. Harbin, 59, will do now, especially because his two jobs with the borough have kept him busy. He had been police chief since 1992 and manager since 2011.

Mr. Harbin said that he did not know, but quickly said, "I have no desire to go to work anywhere."

However, that doesn't mean he plans to sit in front of the television set.

"I've had a very intense career in 37 years," he said. "I really want to do all of the things I haven't had time to do."

Some of those things include fishing, volunteering at an animal shelter or a veterans' hospital and being a full-time grandparent. He also plans to learn German so that he can teach it to his 3-year-old granddaughter, Ayla. The child, who lives nearby in North Carolina with father Bryan and mother Nicole, has relatives living in that country.

The Harbins have another granddaughter, Mallory, also 3, who lives with her parents, David and Mica, in Maryland.

Chief Harbin, who is saying his goodbyes, concedes that he will miss the people of Carnegie and the town itself.

An avid runner, he notes that 15-20 people say hi to him or ask how he's doing as he makes his way through the borough each weekday afternoon. Some of the greeters include people he once arrested.

On Monday, Carnegie Elementary students honored Chief Harbin at a special event in the school auditorium. The students presented handwritten and self-illustrated books, a plaque and prepared a video that has been posted on YouTube.

In the past 15 years, Chief Harbin attended many school events, treated students-of-the-month to lunch and gave them rides in his police car, implemented the DARE program and maintained friendly relationships with the staff and pupils.

He and his family expect to make return visits to Carnegie to see old friends and watch University of Pittsburgh basketball and football games.

And, he will return each April for the 5K Run/Walk benefit for the Carnegie Volunteer Fire Department -- a fundraising event he started in 2008.


Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com


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