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Head of York County vets office stepping down

Greg Gross
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The director of the York County Department of Veterans Affairs is stepping down to spend more time with family and pursue other career interests.

Phil Palandro, 53, joined the county in 2007, replacing Barre Shepp, who was the veterans affairs director for 22 years.

During Palandro's tenure as director, York County ranked among the top counties in the state in benefits secured for veterans. In the 2014-15 fiscal year, it was ranked fourth and had secured $25.9 million for county veterans over the past six fiscal years, according to a news release from the county.

Phil Palandro, director of York County Department of Veteran Affairs, salutes the flag during an event at Prospect Hill Cemetery's Court of Valor in September, 2015. John A. Pavoncello photo

Also under his watch, the department launched the Veterans in Need Fund, which uses donated money to provide temporary assistance to veterans facing unexpected financial difficulty.

“It was clear throughout his tenure that Phil looked at his role as more than a job, but a continuation of his service to our country and its military veterans," County Commissioner Chris Reilly said in the release.

Palandro's last day with the county is June 1 and officials are expected to begin the hiring process in the coming weeks. He will help with training his successor.

Palandro was an instructor and director for York Technical Institute's criminal justice program before joining the county. Before that, he was a police officer in Virginia for more than five years and was previously a military police officer in the U.S. Army.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.