WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Manager Robert Lawton has chosen two more people to recommend as county division heads.
In agenda items he submitted to Luzerne County Council members to consider for council’s meeting on Monday, Lawton has recommended that council confirm his appointment of J. Allen Nesbitt as head of the Division of Correctional Services and David Parsnik as head of the Division of Administrative Services.
Parsnik was hired as county security chief in August 2010 at a salary of $35,000 and was promoted to 911 director, at a salary of $54,637, in February 2011. He has been serving in that position ever since.
County Councilman Stephen A. Urban, then a county commissioner, voted against Parsnik’s hire as 911 director, saying he didn’t believe Parsnik was qualified for the position and that “it takes more than being a former police officer to run a 911 center. There’s a lot of technology and communications equipment. It’s highly technical.”
Parsnik has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in organizational management, according to his resumé.
Parsnik worked for the Laflin Borough Police Department from 1984 to 2008, rising to police chief. He also served various management positions at Frontier Communications from 1985 through 2007 and was facilities operations manager at Sodexo in Mehoopany from 2009 until he was hired by the county.
The division head of Administrative Services will be responsible for the county personnel system, purchasing and acquisition activities, information technology, elections, licensing, records maintenance, grant writing, community development and other duties as assigned.
The 2013 county budget assumes filling the position at a maximum salary of $75,000. Lawton is proposing a salary of $70,000 for Parsnik. The position was advertised nationally and the county received 44 applications for the position.
The head of the Division of Correctional Services will be responsible for operation of the county prison, juvenile detention and other powers and duties as assigned, according to a job summary. There were 39 applicants for the position. Lawton proposed that Nesbitt be hired to the position at the 2013 budgeted salary of $75,000.
Nesbitt, of Easton, began his career in corrections in 1976 and since then has served as a county deputy chief for probation and parole, a warden and an assistant director of corrections, all in Lehigh County; and director of corrections in Bucks County.
In the private sector, he has been deputy director of the southeast region for Community Education Centers Inc., and most recently, vice president for correctional services for MinSec Companies LLC. He holds bachelor of arts and master of education degrees.
Council may choose not to confirm the candidates submitted. The result would be a review and re-advertising of the position and commencement of a new application process to obtain a different pool of candidates, according to Lawton’s agenda submissions.