Borough Council is the legislative body of the Borough. It is comprised of seven members, six council members and a Mayor, each elected at large for four-year overlapping terms. After each general municipal election (i.e. every two years), Borough Council is reorganized and a Deputy Mayor is selected from among members. The Deputy Mayor will chair meetings of Council in the absences of the Mayor, and may exercise the authority of the Mayor. In addition, during the biennial organizational meeting, members elect among themselves a chairman and vice-chairman for the following committees: Community Planning & Smart Growth, Employee Relations/Citizen Participation, Finance, Parks & Recreation, Public Safety, and Public Works. The primary duties of Borough Council include adoption of the annual budget, the establishment of policies for the conduct of Borough affairs, the enactment of ordinances and resolutions for the protection of the public’s safety and welfare, and approval of contracts and bids. Furthermore, Council’s responsibilities include the appointment of the Borough Manager and other respective officials, along with members of various municipal boards and commissions.
The Mayor is elected at large to a four-year term with the primary responsibility of presiding over Council and signing all ordinances. As an official representative of the Borough, the Mayor has the right to declare public emergencies, serves as the chair of the public safety committee, and is an ex officio member of all other Borough committees. The Mayor is a voting member of Council and has no veto power. Another function of the office is to serve as spokesman for the community and to represent the Borough at various civic and social activities.
Mayor Sean Shultz was elected to the Carlisle Borough Council in 2013, and had previously filled a vacancy on council in 2005 before serving an elected, four-year term from 2008 through 2011. Sean has been the president of the Carlisle Volunteer Firefighters Association since 2012, and he is a member of the Carlisle Fire Department through his membership with Carlisle Fire and Rescue Services. Sean earned his Juris Doctor at the Penn State-Dickinson School of Law and is an attorney with Saidis, Shultz & Fisher. He has served our community as a volunteer for numerous organizations, including president of Carlisle Summerfair, president of the American Literacy Corporation, and with the United Way. Mr. Shultz currently serves as the chairperson of Council’s Public Safety Committee and also serves as a co-chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee. Sean’s current term expires December 31, 2025.
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Brenda Landis, Deputy Mayor
Deputy Mayor Brenda Landis was first elected to Carlisle Borough Council in 2018. Brenda is the volunteer coordinator for Carlisle West Side Neighbors since 2011, is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Cumberland, and served as spokesperson for Carlisle’s winning entry in the Strongest Town’s Competition. Brenda graduated with a degree in Communications Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and has been employed at Dickinson College as a Multimedia Specialist since 2003. Councilor Landis has served as a volunteer on the coordinating committees for Hope Station’s Black History Festival and Neighbors Helping Neighbors community improvement initiative and has served on the Carlisle Neighborhood Alliance board. Brenda led the campaign to renovate and revitalize Heberlig Palmer Park, which was completed in 2016 and filmed and directed the Cumberlocal documentary in 2014. Councilor Landis currently serves as the Chair of the Employee Relations and Citizen Participation Committee and Co-Chair of the Sustainability and Community Planning Committee. Her current term expires December 31, 2025.
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Sean Crampsie was elected to the Carlisle Borough Council in 2015 and sworn-in in 2016. Sean is currently employed by the Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties as its Director of Government Relations, representing 5,000 faculty members and coaches at PA’s public universities. He previously worked in municipal government for a 3rd class city of Pennsylvania, both in the Community and Economic, and the Legal departments. Sean received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Bloomsburg University. Mr. Crampsie currently serves as chairperson of the Economic Development Committee and co-char of the Budget and Finance Committee. Sean’s current term expires December 31, 2023.
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Joel Hicks is an adjunct professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government where he also received his Ph.D. in Public Policy. He is a former U.S. Naval Officer who served in the nuclear submarine community as well as completing multiple assignments in DoD space acquisition and operational communities. He obtained his Nuclear Engineer credentials through Naval Reactors, and his last active duty assignment was as Deputy Director, Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC), Vandenberg AFB, CA. He retired at the rank of Commander after a 20-year active-duty career. Today, he frequently writes about demand-side management (DSM) of energy systems with a focus on energy efficiency, behavioral economics, and public sector energy governance/institutions. His formal education includes: M.S. Electrical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School, M.A. National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, M.A. International Science and Technology Policy, The George Washington University, and a B.S. Electrical Engineering, The George Washington University. He lives with his partner, Megan, and two dogs (Ginger and Tucker). Mr. Hicks is the Chair of the Sustainability and Community Planning Committee and Vice-Chair of the Public Safety Committee. He is also the chair of the Borough's Climate Action Commission. His current term expires December 31, 2023.
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Cate Mellen was appointed to the Carlisle Borough Council to fill a vacancy in January 2022. She is a native of Carlisle and graduate of both Carlisle High School and Dickinson College. In addition, she received an M. A. in Art History from Syracuse University and an M. A. in History from Cornell University. She has worked in the non-profit sector in Carlisle for over a decade, first as the Coordinator of Adult Programs and Community Relations at Bosler Memorial Library and later as the Board Liaison and Development Director at the Carlisle Family YMCA where she helped to spearhead the recent $10.7 million building expansion. She is now the Resource Development Director at the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County and is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Cumberland. Ms. Mellen serves as the Chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee and Co-Chair of the Employee Relations and Citizen Participation Committee. Her current term expires December 31, 2023.
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Safronia Perry is the Executive Director of Hope Station Area Neighborhood Council (Hope Station) which is a non-profit organization that services a low-income neighborhood. It is a community organization that offers both adult and youth programs, hosts cultural events, and partners with other organizations and Dickinson College and now in full partnership with the YWCA of Carlisle. She is the mother of 2 sons, 31 & 22, a daughter-in-law, and a grandmother to an amazing little boy. She attended the OIC of Carlisle, Academy of Medical Arts and Business in Harrisburg, University of Phoenix, took classes through Messiah College, and graduated from Leadership Cumberland in 2018. She previously served as a commissioner for the Carlisle Human Relations Commission, president of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Advisory Council, member of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Inter-task Force, board member of Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties, member of Heart Soul committee, and member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Harrisburg Chapter. She is currently running the Racial Justice Coalition in partnership with the YWCA Carlisle, board member of Leadership Cumberland, and the PA Humanities Council. Safronia serves as the chair of the Public Works Committee and the vice-chair of the Economic Development Committee. Her term expires on December 31, 2025
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Jeff Stuby was elected to Carlisle Borough Council in 2019. In addition to serving on council, Councilor Stuby works as a Research Manager with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and volunteers with a variety of local organizations, including Hope Station, the East Side Neighbors Association, Cumberland Valley Rising, and the United Way. His service in the community has provided him the opportunity to help plan an annual Black History Festival, community cleanups, a nonpartisan civic education series, and various other events. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Villanova University, a master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University, and bachelor’s degrees in history and political science from Penn State University. Councilor Stuby currently serves as Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Public Works Committee. His term expires December 31, 2023.
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