WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — In a statement sent out Friday, Luzerne County Manager David Pedri announced he has submitted his resignation.
“Today, I tendered my resignation of the position of Luzerne County Manager to the Luzerne County Council effective July 6, 2021,” Pedri said in the statement.
Pedri says he will be taking a position in the private sector after serving as county manager for the last five years.
The resignation comes as a surprise. Those who work for Luzerne County tell Eyewitness News they never saw it coming, but Pedri says it is time to move on.
“It’s been five years as county manager here in Luzerne County I’m very pleased about the things we’ve been able to accomplish. What I’ve always said these public service jobs are rented they are not owned,” Pedri told Eyewitness News.
Among the accomplishments Pedri says he is most proud of is improving county services, helping the county navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and ridding the county of red ink.
“You know over the past five years first thing would be the financials. We’ve paid off over $125 million in debt. We now have the highest credit rating in Luzerne County history,” Pedri said.
Pedri says his resignation had nothing to do with the election and recent ongoing issues.
County Council Chairman Tim McGinley says he believes Pedri has served the county well.
“Obviously Dave, I believe has done a great job in the county in many facets that he served in the county. Served the District Attorney’s office, served as county solicitor under the home rule charter, five years as county manager,” McGinley said. “He’s really done I think a great service for the county through that time.”
County council will begin the process of finding Pedri’s replacement. That process is expected to take several months. In the meantime, an interim manager will be appointed.
Read his full release below.
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