The people of Carlisle will elect a mayor in November.
Wednesday night, the three candidates vying for the position squared off during a debate at Dickinson College.
Republican Bill Kronenberg is the incumbent. Democrat Tim Scott is vice-president of Carlisle borough council and chief-of-staff for a Philadelphia state representative. Independent Roger Spitz is a veteran and board member for the Penn State Extension of Cumberland County.
One hot topic at the debate was the closing of the police dispatch and the move to the county's 9-1-1 center.
"Our police officers won't be as safe and 100 percent of them say that," Kronenberg said. "It won't be as safe now as we were when we had our own dispatch."
"I know it's a big emotional deal with a lot of people in Carlisle," Spitz said. "You hate to lose that special identity but we have got to move ahead."
"The right decision was made," Scott said. This is a more efficient way of doing things. There's less duplication of services, which is what we hear taxpayers like to see."
The debate was co-sponsored by abc27.