Luzerne County Council will discuss forming a citizens’ search committee on Tuesday to find qualified candidates to be the county’s next full-time superintendent.
The council will also discuss a proposal to allocate a portion of the county’s share of US bailout funding to the Economic Opportunity Commission, which would channel the money to county residents in need.
Those topics are on the agenda for Tuesday’s council business session, which follows a 6 p.m. voting session at the county courthouse on North River Street in Wilkes-Barre.
The combined general and budget working session will include a review of the District Attorney’s Office 2023 budget request. The Board is holding a series of budget working sessions leading up to its scheduled approval of the final 2023 budget on December 13.
Regarding bailout funding, the board will receive an update from Booth Management Consulting, the company the board has hired to provide administrative services related to the 149 applications the county has received for funding from of $112.9 million from the federal economic stimulus plan.
Board members independently review nominations through an online portal hosted by Booth Management.
Council Vice Chairman John Lombardo and Councilwoman Lee Ann McDermott suggested the council should allocate some of the bailout funds, possibly $10 million, to help struggling county residents through programs run by the Economic Opportunity Commission, described on its website as “community action”. anti-poverty agency.
Lombardo said Sunday he approached a CEO official about the idea and received a positive response.
The board will discuss the idea on Tuesday, but it’s unclear whether a CEO representative will attend the working session, Lombardo said.
On the agenda is discussion of the advertisement the council will approve to seek nominations from county residents interested in serving on the three-member search committee, which is mandated by the county charter.
The Board will also discuss a suggested timeline that it plans to present to the committee for the completion of its task of finding and screening qualified candidates for the full-time manager position.
This position became vacant when Randy Robertson resigned last week. Brian Swetz, head of the budget and finance division, serves as acting director.