County Manager Gets 4-year Contract Extension

September 25, 2018

Luzerne County council has approved a four-year contract extension for county Manager David Pedri.

The contract will be in effect from 2019-2022. Pedri’s salary will be $132,000 as of Jan. 1, 2019. That represents an increase of 5.7 percent over his current salary of $124,848.

Pedri will receive 2 percent raises in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

The contract includes incentives, starting in 2020, if Pedri receives a score of 80 percent or better on his performance review, and if the county completes an unqualified annual audit by June 30. The incentive for each will be $1,000 in 2020, $1,100 in 2021 and $1,200 in 2022.

Council tonight approved the contract on a 7-3 vote.

Council members Tim McGinley, Eugene Kelleher, Robert Schnee, Jane Walsh Waitkus, Sheila Saidman, Chris Perry and Matthew Vough voted in favor of the contract.

Council members Linda McClosky Houck, Harry Haas and Stephen A. Urban voted no.

Councilman Edward Brominski was absent.

Houck criticized her fellow council members for rushing to approve the contract, noting that Pedri’s current employment agreement does not expire until the end of this year.

Brian Shiner, a Kingston resident, made the same argument during public comment.

Pedri, 39, of Butler Twp., was appointed full-time county manager in May 2016. He previously served as chief county solicitor.

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