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Last updated: May 19. 2014 11:41PM - 3273 Views
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Charleston, S.C., resident Tanis Manseau introduces himself during an announcement of his nomination as Luzerne County operational services division head in the courthouse rotunda Monday. Manseau is surrounded by county Manager Robert Lawton, who made the nomination, and other division heads.
Charleston, S.C., resident Tanis Manseau introduces himself during an announcement of his nomination as Luzerne County operational services division head in the courthouse rotunda Monday. Manseau is surrounded by county Manager Robert Lawton, who made the nomination, and other division heads.
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Luzerne County Manager Robert Lawton has nominated Charleston, S.C., resident Tanis Manseau as operational services division head.


Council confirmation is required for the hiring to take effect.


During a public introduction of Manseau in the courthouse rotunda Monday afternoon, Lawton said the hiring would complete the filling of eight division head positions required by the home rule government that took effect in January 2012.


“We finally have a full team, a full cabinet,” Lawton said. “Now we have everything we need to make our forecast a reality.”


If confirmed, Manseau, 58, will receive $85,000 to oversee engineering, roads and bridges, recreation, planning/zoning, 911, emergency management, security and buildings and grounds.


According to a resume and summary released by Lawton:


Manseau has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from The Citadel military college in South Carolina and is a licensed professional engineer in South Carolina, eligible for similar licensing in Pennsylvania.


He has 35 years of public- and private-sector experience in construction, project and facilities management and energy engineering.


His prior employment included work as energy manager for the Charleston Naval Weapons Station, facilities operations director at the Medical University of South Carolina, facilities management director at the Trident Technical College and chief project/facilities engineer at the College of Charleston.


Manseau is currently working as a part-time facility manager for a church in Charleston and said he applied for the county position because he wanted to return to full-time employment and had the experience required in the county’s job description.


He has relatives in the Lancaster area and described Luzerne County as “beautiful.” Manseau said he has been reading about county history and geography and was impressed by the courthouse, which is one of the buildings he would oversee.


“I am ecstatic to be here. I am so excited and am very humbled at being chosen for this position,” Manseau told county employees gathered in the rotunda. “I hope to make a difference.”


An outside recruitment company reached out to 12 prospective candidates by phone or in-person to make them aware of the job opportunity, Lawton said.


“I think we’ve made a diligent effort to find the best-qualified candidate for this position — not merely the best-qualified candidate who happens to live here, there or someplace else or the best-qualified candidate who happens to know person A, B or C,” Lawton said.


The county will fund a moving fee of up to $6,000 to cover Manseau’s relocation, Lawton said.


Lawton said Manseau will serve as interim operational services division head until council votes on the nomination.


The county has relied on temporary operational division heads since Chris Belleman left the position in September to become county Flood Protection Authority executive director.


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