The end of the road is in sight and retirement is just around the bend for Carnegie Police Chief and borough manager Jeffrey Harbin after Carnegie Council on Monday voted unanimously to extend his manager's contract on a month-to-month basis.
His old labor agreement expires today.
"It's time," Chief Harbin said after the meeting, though he didn't say exactly when. However, the new house he and his wife, LouAnn, are building in North Carolina will be ready next month, and the Harbins have a buyer for their home in North Fayette.
Chief Harbin, who celebrated his 59th birthday this month, took over as Carnegie's top administrator in February 2011. He was selected from a field of 19 candidates after having been interim manager since fall 2010.
A Carnegie native and Carlynton graduate, he served in the Marines and became a borough patrolman in 1976. In 1988, he was promoted to sergeant and took over as chief four years later when former Chief Frank Holtz retired following a back injury.
Over the years, he has become known for keeping a tight rein on the police department. He also has become a favorite of news and television reporters for his open-door interview policy.
Chief Harbin is credited with the idea for the annual Carnegie Volunteer Fire Department 5K Run/Walk, which will take place April 27 for the sixth year in a row. The event not only raises money for the fire department but also shows off the town.
Also, between 8 a.m. and noon April 20, he will once again be a guest waiter at Bob's Diner on Mansfield Boulevard. All tips will benefit the fire department.
"He's like an institution and will be sorely missed," said Councilwoman Carol Covi, who added she would miss seeing him run through the town as he does every late weekday afternoon.
Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.