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Murdick seeking post as tax collector

on April 10, 2013 10:30 AM

Wayne Murdick has announced that he is seeking the nomination on the Republican ballot for White Township tax collector.

Murdick is a retired worker of the local tire manufacturing industry, starting his career with the former McCreary Tire and Rubber Company/Special Tires of America. During his career, he advanced through a number of positions, one of which he worked in the data processing department processing checks to pay equipment manufactures and raw material suppliers, and paychecks for factory and salaried employees.

A native of Indiana County, he has been a resident of White Township for 41 years and of the Indiana area for 75 years.

He is a 1953 graduate of Indiana Area School. He attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree for one year. His course of study was interrupted a number of times due to his work schedules, and he attended night and Saturday classes on campus.

He currently has approximately three years of credits toward his bachelor’s degree.

After graduating from high school, Murdick was employed at Marcus Brown Esso Station until 1955, when he acquired ownership of the station. He continued to operate the service station as owner and operator for four years.

He was honorably discharged from the Army at the rank of staff sergeant in September of 1965.

In the mix of schooling, employment and raising his family, Murdick helped with his parents’ small farm.

Murdick is a 25-year member of the Indiana Franklin Masonic Lodge. He served two terms as Master of the Lodge and five years as a secretary, where he was responsible for keeping accounts, dues and fees between the lodge and 500 members, as well as receiving all money to be paid to the lodge.

For a number of years, he served as chairman for fundraising events for the Special Olympics. Currently, Murdick is a volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

He and his late wife, Elaine Marshall, celebrated 50 years together. He has two daughters, Debbie (Brad) Smith and Sharon (Todd) Keener, and three grandchildren, Kevin, Rebecca and Douglas Smith.

“I am constantly looking for new challenges, ways to improve myself and ways to serve my community,” Murdik said in a release.

“I believe serving as White Township tax collector will provide me with new challenges, the opportunity to meet a lot of nice people, and provide a service to my community.

“I will provide an office convenient for most of the White Township residents, along with convenient hours of business.”

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