Roles and Responsibilities
Luzerne County vests all executive power and day-to-day decision-making in the position of County Manager. The County Manager is the head of the Executive Branch of government and is responsible for the supervision and administration of all County Divisions and operations placed in his/her charge by the Charter, the Administrative Code, or other County ordinances or resolutions. The County Manager has a wide range of authority to run the organization within the legislative parameters adopted by the Luzerne County Council.
It is the County Manager’s responsibility to recruit, hire, terminate and supervise County staff other than those appointed by a County elected office. The County Manager also appoints the Division Heads of the Executive Branch, subject to confirmation by County Council. In addition, the obligation of preparing all of the required County budgets for County Council’s review and approval falls on the County Manager.
The County Manager holds a seat on the Luzerne County Retirement Board, the Luzerne County Accountability, Conduct and Ethics Commission and the Joint Airport Board for the administration of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.
Fostering a collaborative and cooperative work environment is essential for the success of the Home Rule Charter and government operations. The County Manager, jointly with the County Council, establishes a long-term vision and mission statement for Luzerne County government that translates into common goals and objectives.
The County Manager is appointed via Resolution of the Luzerne County Council that is adopted by an affirmative vote of at least a majority plus one of its current members.