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THE COUNTY OF LUZERNE
Home to approximately 320,000 residents, Luzerne County is located in scenic Northeastern Pennsylvania, 2 hours from Philadelphia, 2.5 hours from New York City and 4 hours from Washington, DC. Luzerne County is easily accessible via Wilkes‑Barre / Scranton International Airport as well as Interstates 80, 81 and 486
Luzerne County residents may choose among the conveniences and attractions of urban, suburban and rural living alike. The cities of Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton, Nanticoke and Pittston are but four of Luzerne County’s 76 municipalities, each with its own distinctive character and neighborhoods.
Six exceptional colleges / universities are located in Luzerne County: Wilkes University and King’s College bring vitality to downtown Wilkes-Barre, Misericordia University occupies a modern campus in suburban Dallas, Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, one of the Commonwealth’s largest community colleges, offers state-of the art technical and liberal arts courses of study, and Penn State campuses in Hazleton and Wilkes Barre bring the resources of a research university to small campus settings.
Luzerne County is proud of its diversity and celebrates its rich history and varied ethnic cultures at local festivals and community parades throughout the year. While the region is robust with state parks, forests and public lands, downtown Wilkes-Barre offers an ample amount of its own history with unique Victorian architectural styles ranging from old mansions to gothic churches.
The County is alive with theatre, performing arts, music and culture, from local artists to visiting exhibits, to internationally renowned performers. The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts is a restored art deco designed theatre offering top name entertainment and family programs as well as being the home to the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic Orchestra. The region’s educational institutions similarly entertain and challenge.
The Northeast Pennsylvania region is home to AHL Penguins Hockey, Pocono 400 NASCAR Racing, RailRiders baseball - a AAA team in the New York Yankees organization - and to gaming and racing at the Mohegan Sun Casino at Pocono Downs.
The 12 mile Levee Bike Trail along the Susquehanna River is a year round trail used by bikers, walkers and runners. Other Rails to Trails and single track can be found throughout the county. One of the region’s longest is the 28 miles Lehigh River Gorge Trail, paralleled by the Lehigh River Gorge, known for its Class I – III rapids, with self-guided and group rafting and kayaking permitted on the river .
Shorter trails include the Back Mountain Trail and Hazleton Rail Trail. Ample single track can be found at Moon Lake, Francis Slocum and Mocanaqua Loop. Ricketts Glen State Park has received nationwide recognition, as its Glen Falls Trails were voted People's Choice "Best Hike in PA" by Backpacker Magazine.
Numerous ski resorts are only minutes away. Ample golf courses offer play for all skill levels; from municipal to private golf clubs and the area's links courses.
Luzerne County takes justifiable pride in its wonderful quality of life and looks forward to becoming your family’s vibrant home.
On January 2, 2012, Luzerne County’s Home Rule Charter took effect. Prior to Home Rule, the centuries-old County Commissioner form of government vested both executive and legislative authority in a three-member elected Board of County Commissioners.
Certain functions of County government were directed by elected “row officers”, including the Sheriff, Clerk of Courts (criminal court records), Prothonotary (civil court records), Recorder of Deeds, Register of Wills, Coroner and Treasurer. Other functions of government were overseen or directed by such bodies as the Salary Board and the Prison Board.
The Home Rule Charter replaced the Board of Commissioners with an eleven-member, part-time County Council and a County Manager, appointed by a supermajority of the Council. All row offices were discontinued with the exception of the District Attorney and, with substantial revision of its powers, the Controller. The executive branch now discharges responsibilities which once lay with the dissolved row offices, as well as the Controller’s former accounts payable duties.
Under the Charter, legislative authority is vested in the Council, while the County Manager leads the executive branch and directs day-to‑day operation of County government. The Charter also prohibits legislative interference in executive matters, and authorizes the executive to return for reconsideration legislation approved by the Council.
Luzerne County’s adopted budget for the Fiscal Year beginning January 1, 2013 totals approximately $260,000,000. Expenditures supported by the General Fund total approximately $122,000,000. Expenditures supported by other revenue sources, including state and federal monies as well as fees and fines, total approximately $138,000,000.
The County’s approximately 1,500 employees are organized into nearly 25 operating departments, including Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Aging, Mental Health, Children and Youth, County Infrastructure, Emergency Management, Planning and County Prison. Under the Home Rule Charter, these departments and functions are overseen by the County Manager through a total of eight Division Heads.
The Division Heads are designated by the County Manager, following a merit-based process, and forwarded to the County Council for confirmation, much like the approval of state or federal cabinet officials.
The Home Rule Charter has structured a system of local government organization with unparalleled opportunities to innovate and excel in public service. The Charter reforms took root in response to a series of crises which led Luzerne County residents to question their confidence in many public institutions. Led by an ICMA full member, the current administration is dedicated to restoring that confidence through effective, efficient and accountable governance.
The County in in the process of establishing best practice benchmarks for each department, allowing Management, the Council and County residents to compare results and costs with peer organizations and with each department’s performance during prior years.
The County is now modernizing its budget process to improve departmental and public participation. At the same time the County is implementing a new integrated reporting system, tracking contracts, acquisitions and personnel as well as budget and financial transactions.
Entering its second year under the new Home Rule Charter, County government will continue perfecting its organizational strategies, policies and procedures. Candidates eager to make change and implement best practices are most likely to succeed in both obtaining and doing the job.
Division Heads report directly to the County Manager as key members of the County management team, and serve at the pleasure of the Manager. The working environment is strongly supportive of consultative, team-based management in principle and practice.
Each Division Head is the County Manager’s primary point of contact for financial, budgetary and programmatic issues related to that Division’s core functions. In turn, the Division Head supervises the heads of those departments that comprise their division, conducts their annual evaluations and is ultimately accountable for departmental performance.
Each successful candidate will become that position’s first permanent incumbent under the new Charter, and will have a wide-ranging opportunity to pursue strategies focusing on accountability through financial and outcome measurements. Experience in change management and familiarity with the characteristics of High Performance Organizations would be key factors in fulfilling the potential of both these positions and the Home Rule Charter.
The Ideal Candidate
The County Manager seeks candidates who are innovative, strategic and proactive leaders, with records of gaining results through collaboration, engagement and accountability. The ideal candidate will also bring unquestioned professional integrity to the ongoing challenges facing local governments in today’s economic environment.
Success in this position demands excellent interpersonal and communications skills, in service to strong organizational management skills.
Each position will be hired within a specified salary range as set forth elsewhere, with placement within that range based on qualifications, salary history and career accomplishments.
The County provides an excellent benefit package, including:
- Defined Benefit Pension Plan: 12.8% contribution by County, 5% contribution by employee. Employee may voluntarily increase employee contribution to as much as 15% for corresponding benefit increase.
- Medical Insurance: Employees choose between HMO or Point of Service plans, with employee paying 10% of premium cost.
- Vision Care: Davis Vision for employee at no charge.
- Dental: Delta Dental, optional at employee cost.
- Life Insurance: $50,000 policy for employee at no charge.
- Section 125 Plan: Enables employees to pay medical costs with pretax dollars.
- Disability: Voluntary plan through AFLAC at employee cost.
- 457 Deferred Compensation Plan: Voluntary participation by employee.
- Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.
- Sick Time: 12 days accrued per year, without limit.
- Personal Leave: 5 days per year, granted in January, prorated when employment commences during the year.
- Vacation: 15 days accrued per year for new employees in this position.
Upon designating an appointee for the position, the County Manager will submit the appointee for confirmation by the County Council.
Resumes will be evaluated upon receipt of a completed submittal. The hiring process is confidential until an appointee is submitted for Council approval. Hiring references will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. Please direct any questions regarding the positions or process to: Human Resources
20 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 218
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702(570) firstname.lastname@example.org