WILKES-BARRE – The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts has advertised three positions in the Luzerne County Court Administration Office.
County Court Administrator Michael Shucosky said he hopes to fill the three deputy court administrator jobs – fiscal, human resources and specialty court – by July 1.
“These are not vacancies,” Shucosky said. “We restructured the whole court administration process and staff.”
Shucosky said with the complexity of labor relations and unions within the county, it was necessary to have a full-time human resources manager as well as a specific position to handle budgets and purchasing and all other financial aspects of the county court system.
With 17 magisterial courts and a number of specialty courts, including the hope to form a new veterans court, Shucosky said one position is needed to oversee those court systems.
Shucosky said the positions will be published in local newspapers, and are currently posted at the Luzerne County Courthouse and on the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) website.
According to the job postings, an applicant for the deputy court administrator human resources position must have a bachelor’s degree in human resource management, business or public administration and three years of experience.
For the deputy court administrator fiscal position, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in business or public administration and have three years of experience that includes finance and accounting.
Both positions pay between $45,741 and $60,988.
Applicants for the deputy court administrator specialty courts position must have a bachelor’s degree in judicial, business or public administration and three years of experience in court management or four years of varied office management work. The position pays between $52,604 and $70,139.
According to the AOPC, the county’s president judge works collaboratively with the state court administrator to develop a pool of candidates.
Typically, the county president judge will make a recommendation for a candidate to the state court administrator, who approves the hiring.
The county court administration office has seen a number of deputy court administrators come and go in the recent past, including the retiring of Peter J. Adonizio in February and John Mulroy in 2012.
Adonizio and Mulroy took over the job of former court administrator William Sharkey, who was terminated on Feb. 24, 2009, just days after his guilty plea to stealing $70,000 in seized illegal gambling proceeds.
Shucosky said when hiring for the three positions is completed, five state-employed administrators will serve the office, including Shucosky, who was hired for his position in January 2012, and Deputy Court Administrator Kathleen Hubbard.