Upcoming resignation leaves four high-level positions open in Luzerne County

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Luzerne County officials need to fill four high-level management positions, positions that county leaders say are key to the day-to-day operations of the county.

Various county officials, including incoming county council members, say these positions should be filled sooner rather than later.

“I have no concerns, the county is structured and ready to move forward,” says acting Luzerne County Manager Romilda Crocamo.

So says Crocamo responding to Eyewitness News’ question about the four management positions that have to be filled with permanent replacements.They include Information Technology Director, Director Bureau of Elections, Head of Administrative Services and County Manager.

All of the positions were left open when the previous managers resigned over the last several months for personal reasons or to accept positions in the private sector.

Crocamo insists the taxpayers have nothing to be concerned about while efforts are underway to fill these positions.

“We have the county under control. That’s part of my job is to make sure that we have alternate plans if situations arise and we do,” says Crocamo.

“I think you need to have an emergency plan for each of those departments definitely for leadership positions so the acting county manager has several backup plans in response to this for quick and reasonable fashion,” says County Council chairman Tim McGinley.

These resignations come as new members of county council will take office in January. John Lombardo says he wants to take a close look at the county’s entire staffing situation.

“I think one of the key issues in the county right now a lot of the vacancies in the county are not just in division heads positions, your normal other jobs. I think that’s making it difficult for lots of division heads to do their jobs properly,” says Lombardo (R) Councilman-elect.

Other incoming council members echoed Lombardo’s comments.

They also point out that the county may be having a tough time attracting employees because the private sector, for the most part, is offering higher pay than the county is currently offering.

All four management positions are expected to be filled sometime early next year.

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