Luzerne County government hirings and departures released in monthly report

By Jennifer Learn-Andes - [email protected]
Luzerne County Courthouse -

Eight new Luzerne County government workers were hired in June, while 18 left employment, according to county Manager C. David Pedri’s newly released personnel report.

The roster of new hires: Melony Jones, voter registration inspector, $23,750; Philip Schlegel, deputy sheriff, $27,650; Leah Johnson and Jamie Lawrence, aging care managers, $32,910; Morgan Santayana, human resources coordinator, $36,000; Dawn Davis, district attorney executive secretary, $37,500; William Brown, prison lieutenant, $60,000; and Alecia Jaques, court stenographer, $45,000.

Ten workers voluntarily resigned, the report said: probation officer Lori Cook, deputy sheriff Ronald Zukosky, 911 telecommunicator James Ritko, prothonotary clerk Diane Manseau, and Children and Youth attorney Brian Nixon, prison correctional officer Carl Beynon, Children and Youth clerk Diane Coleman, planning/zoning transportation planner Tanis Manseau, district attorney clerk Jacquelyn Kazoun and Children and Youth caseworker Erin Smith.

Seven employees retired: probation officers Jeffery Feldmann and Marita Morreale, probation fiscal technician Sandra Trocki, probation restitution officer Karl E. Blight Jr., aging department aide Sandra Longo, Children and Youth caseworker supervisor John Kosloski and district attorney executive secretary Marilyn King.

An employee was terminated, according to the report — 911 telecommunicator Harold Laity.

• Job seekers can access open positions on the “career opportunities” section at

Among the openings currently advertised in addition to ongoing notices seeking Children and Youth caseworkers: court administration PFA administrative assistant, $27,000; IT specialist, $39,000; “Next Generation 911 GIS Manager,” $59,000 to $63,000; probation officer, $36,000; and planning/zoning transportation planner, $48,000 to $53,000.

• Three county council committees will meet before council’s 6 p.m. voting and work session Tuesday at the courthouse on River Street in Wilkes-Barre: Strategic Initiatives, 4 p.m.; Act 13 Grants, 4:30 p.m.; and Legislative, 5 p.m.

A discussion about high-performance organization standards is planned at the strategic initiatives meeting.

• A lease renewal for the Dallas Active Adult Center is among the agenda items set for a vote at the council meeting.

The county aging department wants to renew the lease with Susquehanna Properties Management for the site at 1100 Twin Stacks Drive in Dallas. The new two-year lease, which will begin retroactively on July 1, will be $2,766 per month in the first year and $2,820 in the second, for a total $67,032.

The cost per square foot is $16.60 in the first year and $16.92 in the second.

The Dallas center has been at the site since 2012. Active adult centers are mandated by the state and funded by state block grant funds, the agenda said.

• Also on the voting agenda is Councilwoman Linda McClosky Houck’s proposed resolution requiring the administration to provide monthly division-level budget reports comparing revenue and expenses to adopted and amended budget amounts and previous year-to-date totals.

Pedri has agreed to provide future reports in this format, but McClosky Houck asked her colleagues to adopt the change so it remains in effect regardless of the management personnel involved.

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By Jennifer Learn-Andes

[email protected]

Reach Jennifer Learn-Andes at 570-991-6388 or on Twitter @TLJenLearnAndes.

Reach Jennifer Learn-Andes at 570-991-6388 or on Twitter @TLJenLearnAndes.