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County Council Could Vote Soon On Pedri Contract

September 24, 2018

County Council Could Vote Soon On Pedri Contract

It is not clear if Luzerne County Council will vote on a proposed new contract for county Manager David Pedri on Tuesday.

An executive session is on the agenda for Tuesday’s council meeting, which will be held at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke.

If a council committee which has been negotiating with Pedri has a proposed agreement in place, it will present that proposal at the executive session, according to council Chairman Tim McGinley.

Councilman Eugene Kelleher, the committee chairman, said he should know today whether the proposed agreement will be presented to the full council Tuesday.

Pedri has served as full-time county manager since May 2016. His employment agreement expires at the end of this year.

Pedri appears to have the support of a council majority. Kelleher earlier this month praised Pedri’s performance as head of the county’s executive branch, including supervising about 1,400 employees.

McGinley on Sunday said Pedri has done “a very admirable job” in “a very demanding position.”

At least one council member thinks council should not rush to renew Pedri’s contract, however.

Councilwoman Linda McClosky Houck, who has criticized Pedri for pushing the boundaries of his authority at times this year, on Sunday said one brief executive session is not enough time to hold a meaningful discussion about a proposed employment agreement.

“I don’t see the point to rushing into a contract,” she said. “It’s a large amount of money. It’s a huge commitment to the county.”

The county manager contract is not on the agenda for council’s voting session, but a council member could still make a motion to approve the contract.

Houck said she would move to table any such vote. Council members who are not part of the three-member committee negotiating with Pedri “have no idea what’s being discussed” in those negotiations, she said.

Pedri and Kelleher have declined to discuss specifics of the proposed contract, citing ongoing negotiations.

Pedri earns $124,848 per year. He was hired at a salary of $120,000 per year, then received raises of 2 percent in 2017 and 2018, as stipulated in his employment agreement.

Tuesday’s proceedings begin with a meeting of council’s real estate committee at 5:15 p.m., followed by an executive session at 5:45 p.m. and a voting session at 6 p.m. A work session will follow the voting session.

The meeting will be held at the community college’s Educational Conference Center, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke.

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