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It’s Electrifying: Chambersburg Electric Department Earns Top National Ranking

The Chambersburg Borough Electric Department has earned a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® Diamond designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service.

This is the top honor given to municipal electric systems throughout the U.S.A.

Chambersburg is the largest of the 35 boroughs in Pennsylvania that deliver electricity to homes and businesses as well as being the only one to operate multiple power plants. In 2022, a survey indicated that Chambersburg Borough’s non-profit electric pool had the lowest residential retail rates in the Commonwealth.

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. Chambersburg joins 271 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.

“Receiving an RP3 designation is a great honor signifying a utility has demonstrated commitment to industry best practices,” says Troy Adams, Chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel and General Manager at Manitowoc Public Utilities, Wisconsin. “And ultimately, the culture developed from this pursuit of excellence and continued improvement through the RP3 program results in measurable value delivered to the local community.”

“We couldn’t be prouder to be honored with this Diamond designation,” said Jeffrey Stonehill. Chambersburg Borough Manager and Director of Utilities. “This is the culmination of a lot of work from a lot of people who really care about powering our community. But this designation is not a final destination. We are committed to continuing to look for ways to improve our operations and service to our customers.”

“I would like to especially give thanks to our new Director of the Electric Utility Jeff Heverley, as well as his predecessor Ron Pezon, who is in the process of retiring from the Borough, and Electric Crew Supervisor Chuck Piper for this award. Through their leadership, the Electric Department team has experienced many challenges over the last few years, and this award is a recognition of the entire department’s excellence,” added Stonehill. “Chambersburg utilities are regularly recognized as some of the best public systems in the


Chambersburg is the only municipality in Pennsylvania to operate all of their own municipal utilities including electric, natural gas, water, sewer, and storm sewer systems. Chambersburg has the largest borough budget in Pennsylvania as result of these utilities but some of the lowest utility rates.


Donna L DeShong 1933-2024

Donna retired from Letterkenny Army Depot after thirty-three years. She loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Craig E Koons 1960-2024

Craig worked with his father at Koons AI in Waynesboro, as a livestock breeder for many years and was part owner of the company for the past 25 years.

Jack G “Digger” Mellott 1926-2024

Jack was a United States Navy Veteran serving at Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Guam, and Nagasaki during WWII. Jack enjoyed working outside and maintaining his home and property.

David M Lawver 1970-2024

Dave was a member of the Foursquare Church in Gettysburg, PA. He was employed at Shadowfax in York since 1990.

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