Luzerne County Controller Walter Griffith said he has scheduled a meeting with county officials today to discuss his concerns about the upcoming implementation of a new financial software system.
The controller believes the July 1 implementation should be delayed, saying the county is “not ready to go live” without additional testing.
“This financial system, for which county council has approved funding, is a train wreck waiting to happen and must be stopped or at the very least tested prior to implementation,” Griffith said in an email.
Council approved a $1.28 million contract with the new software supplier — Michigan-based New World Systems Corp. — in October. The new system is promised to be more user-friendly to enter and analyze data, and generate spending and revenue reports.
County Manager Robert Lawton told council he is confident the essential components of the new system will be operational July 1.
• Griffith is seeking a new deputy controller, according to a job posting on the county website, www.luzernecounty.org.
Daniel Chipego, who was hired deputy at $50,000 in March, has submitted his resignation to accept a position outside county government, Griffith said.
Chipego could not be reached for comment. Griffith said Chipego had no issues with him but could not “deal with the way our government is run.”
The controller’s office also has an internal audit clerk vacancy because the employee in that position did not pass a probationary period, he said. The $25,000 position was readvertised because nobody applied during the first posting.
• A proposal to publicly post emails exchanged by the 11 county council members would require an estimated $10,000 for software and $3,000 to update the computer program annually, county Chief Solicitor C. David Pedri told county council Tuesday.
• Council will hold its first monthly budget work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council meeting room at the county courthouse in Wilkes-Barre. This session will focus on the county prison system and day reporting center.
• The county Flood Protection Authority also will meet Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the county’s Emergency Management Agency building, Water Street, Wilkes-Barre.
• Council appointed Francis Curry, Forty Fort, to the Luzerne County Community College Board of Trustees to fill an expired term previously held by Michael Tigue. He is no relation to Councilwoman Elaine Maddon Curry.
• Three citizens were appointed Tuesday to the Children and Youth Advisory Board: Richard Holodick, Paul Koval and Susan Roskos.
• An ad in local newspapers that appeared last week hinted at the formation of a new countywide citizen group but did not elaborate. The ad in red, white and blue said, “Luzerne County United. It’s coming …”