Luzerne County Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday to appoint an interim superintendent to oversee the county until Randy Robertson takes over as the new superintendent.
Acting County Executive Romilda Crocamo gave her two weeks’ notice to take another job, and Friday is her last day with the county.
Robertson said he expected to be in the county the week of June 13.
If all goes as planned, Crocamo’s nominee will serve as interim director, according to the board’s agenda.
Crocamo informed the board on Sunday that it had appointed Brian Swetz, head of the budget/finance division, and that he had accepted.
Crocamo previously named Lynn Hill chief of the county’s social services division, but said Hill turned down the job.
The board will meet in executive session in camera prior to the meeting to discuss the matter.
The meeting is taking place at the County Courthouse on River Street in Wilkes-Barre, with instructions for a remote participation option posted under the council’s online meeting link at alfalfacounty.org.
Thirteen new county government employees were hired in April, according to the recently released monthly personnel report.
New workers, along with their positions and hourly pay: Jeffrey Bennett, information technology analyst, $30.77; David Blejwas, road/bridge equipment operator, $14.42; Ronald Bronsburg, prison lieutenant, $30.29; Staci Dunn, Mental Health/Developmental Services (MH/DS) Worker 2, $18.64; Kayleen Evans and Jarrett Gabriel, probation officers, $19.78; Michele Filipski, Child and Youth Worker 1, $16.62; Michael Kremski, MH/DS administrative assistant, $16.59; Anthony Nicholas III, human resources generalist, $21.54; Janel Oshinski and Karen Strellish, purchasing administrative assistants, $16.36; Emily Theresa Smith, electoral administrative assistant, $16.36; and Geneva Tucker, Child and Youth Worker 2, $19.98.
Thirteen workers resigned in April, according to the report.
Seven were child and youth workers: social workers 2 Chanel Arnold, Rachel Homitz, Craigniqua Jones and Gary McGee; clerk/typist Marie Cole; social worker 1 Deneceio Herbert; and paralegal Terri Pendolphi.
The others: Sarah Acker, care manager for an aging agency; Megan Filak, Membership and Tourism Marketing Coordinator; the assistant lawyers of the conflict councils Michael Kostelaba and Janan Tallo; Deputy Public Defender Giavanna Sico; and Deputy Sheriff Marcus Tillia.
Job offer for children and young people
The county will need a new interim administrator for children and youth because John Alunni has tendered his resignation to accept a position outside the county, officials said. His last day of employment with the county will be May 27.
Alunni, the county’s social services program director, had agreed to accept the interim agency’s watchdog role after the county fired former administrator Joanne Van Saun on July 1 over criminal charges against her. .
Suicide attempts in prison
Two male county inmates attempted suicide on May 6 and returned to the jail under enhanced supervision after medical treatment, officials said.
One of those inmates attempted suicide again on May 12, but officials said the attempt was quickly detected. The inmate was treated and returned to the facility.
Two council committees are scheduled to meet this week – the property committee at 6 p.m. Monday and the budget, finance and audit committee at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Both meetings are taking place at the courthouse, with links for remote participation posted in the board’s online meetings section at alfalfacounty.org.