WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Luzerne County government is hit with a double whammy. It comes in the form of a resignation letter from the county’s acting manager and chief solicitor.
Romilda Crocamo put in her two-week notice Friday that she’s stepping down from her roles as Acting County Manager and Chief Solicitor.
While she says the timing is right in her life, it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the county council which is awaiting the arrival of the newly-appointed county manager.
It’s the end of a 12-year run in Luzerne County government for Romilda Crocamo.
In a letter sent to the chair of the county council Friday, Crocamo announced she’s stepping down from her roles as Acting County Manager and Chief County Solicitor.
“I will say it again and again, it’s been a privilege to serve the people of Luzerne County and to work with extraordinary people. The staff here, they’re incredible and dedicated public servants,” stated Crocamo.
Crocamo was named chief county solicitor in 2016 under former Luzerne County Manager Dave Pedri who resigned last July paving the way for her to fill that vacant position.
She had hopes of being elected to run the county full-time but withdrew her name when she did not obtain enough county council votes.
Randy Robertson was appointed to the position but he’s not expected to take over until mid-June.
“I’m interested to see what the other council members believe in order to solve this problem that we have,” said John Lombardo, Vice Chair, Luzerne County Council.
These are uncharted waters for county council members like Vice Chair John Lombardo. They now have to make some big decisions about what happens next and when.
“We don’t really have a playbook for this type of scenario, but what I believe should happen is that we should appoint an interim manager because no matter what happens in the county, the business of the county and the business of Luzerne County does not stop,” explained Lombardo.
Lombardo tells us he and other council members will discuss the matter over the next few days.
Crocamo will serve as Acting County Manager through May 20th.