Nineteen Luzerne County government employees were hired in March, including seven prison correctional officers, according to the latest monthly personnel report.
The new correctional officers, hired at $16.25 per hour: Jake Blaski, Christopher Chudoba, Matthew Engler, Kyle Federici, Patrick Pilch, Brian Reakes and William Spare.
Seven new employees will work in human services branches. These workers, along with their hourly pay: Mental Health/Developmental Services, Stephanie Berryman and Geanine Nye, caseworker 2, $18.64, and management technician Robert McAllister, $16.87; Children and Youth, Carlee Capece and Haley Erb, caseworker 1, $16.63; Human Services, Kylee Cosgrove, human resources analyst 2, $20.51; and Agency on Aging, Phyllis Drum, case aide 2, $14.55.
The remaining new workers: Kathleen Ford, prothonotary clerk 2, $15.12; Danielle Harris, prothonotary clerk 3, $15.71; Eryn Harvey, election deputy director, $21.54; Stephany Heffelfinger, purchasing clerk 2, $13.70; and Lawrence MacDonald, domestic relations master, $38.46.
Eighteen employees left county employment in March, which included 11 retirements.
The retirements: Aging Agency administrative assistant Rhonda Adams; assistant public defender Jonathan Blum; correctional officers James Elmy and Warren Pollock; Children and Youth clerical supervisor Mary Grebeck; Children and Youth caseworkers Monica Green and Diane Nardone; purchasing clerk Pamela Guarneri; Domestic Relations Director Kevin Kane; Children and Youth clerk typist Linda Mishko; and Domestic Relations PACES coordinator Eileen Sgarlat.
As previously reported, Stefanie Salavantis resigned as elected district attorney because she is running for county judge. Four other workers resigned last month: Aging Agency care manager Jane Andrews, Children and Youth caseworkers Jeff Setser and Ryan Waters and 911 telecommunicator Tavonne Stallings.
There were two involuntary departures: District Attorney ARD coordinator Heather Murphy and 911 telecommunicator Ariana Simmons.
Four workers accepted new positions.
As required by state law, First Assistant DA Sam Sanguedolce was named the new DA at $95.21 per hour.
Two workers advanced to different positions in the building and grounds department — Ali Bonomo, executive secretary, $17.69 per hour, and John Conwell Jr., custodial worker, $13.11.
Maria Linso was promoted to Aging Agency senior center operator 1 at $14.54 per hour.
Citizens interested in a fifth county Election Board chairmanship seat will have until April 19 to apply, according to a posting on the election page at luzernecounty.org.
The unpaid seat must be filled by the four county council-appointed board members (two Democrats, two Republicans), according to the county’s home rule charter.
The board then plans to meet on April 21 to publicly interview and select a chair member, the posting says.
Board members issued a plea for citizens to consider applying after learning last week that all three applicants up for consideration were ineligible due to charter restrictions.
The board also is set to hold a virtual meeting this Wednesday at 5 p.m.
A schedule of all meetings and links to attend are posted under the calendar on the main page at luzernecounty.org.