Election chief job will be readvertised

October 11, 2012

A new permanent Luzerne County election bureau director may not be hired before the Nov. 6 election because the county is again seeking applications for the position.

The county received six applications from previous advertising, and only two met the minimum education requirements.

The decision to readvertise indicates the two interviewed applicants won't be offered the position.

The only difference in the new job posting deals with minimum qualifications.

The original advertisement required a bachelor's degree and the following experience: election management, four years; supervisory or administrative, two years; and campaigns/elections management, two years.

The new advertisement requires a high school diploma with some post-secondary education, four years of election management experience and two years of supervisory experience in an election bureau environment that includes work with electronic voting machines.

The job posting may be viewed on the career opportunities link of the county website, www.luzernecounty.org.

Resumes are due Oct. 24.

Marisa Crispell-Barber, the county's contracted temporary election manager, would now meet the minimum requirements for the position because she doesn't have a bachelor's degree and has been handling various election management responsibilities in Wyoming County government since 1998, most recently as voter education director and voting machine administrator.

Wyoming County loaned Crispell-Barber's services to Luzerne County for a time period through certification of the Nov. 6 election due to the recent unexpected retirement of Luzerne County's interim election director Tom Pizano.

County officials started discussing the search for a new election director after Leonard Piazza was terminated from the position in April.

"We thought we would get someone in the position by now to bring the person relatively up to speed before the general, but that didn't happen," said county election board member John Newman.

Newman said he met with Crispell-Barber for more than two hours Wednesday to review tasks that must be completed.

"She seems comfortable in her position. She's very experienced and seems to be doing a good job. We seem to be doing OK," Newman said.