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So, You Want To Be A County Council Member?

January 7, 2019

Anyone who wants to be Luzerne County’s newest council member must meet the following qualifications:

• At least 18 years old.

• A registered voter in Luzerne County and a county resident for at least one year.

• A registered Democrat continuously since Nov. 3, 2015 — the date Edward Brominski, a Democrat, was elected to the council seat he resigned last week.

• No felony convictions.

• May not hold any other elective office or public employment, or serve on any county authority, board or commission, or be employed or compensated by any contractor to the county, or serve as a consultant to the county.

• Candidates for the vacant council seat, which expires Jan. 6, 2020, must submit a statement of financial interest that will be a public document.

Those stipulations are included in the agenda packet for Tuesday’s county council meeting, at which council is scheduled to vote on a resolution declaring Brominski’s seat vacant.

According to a schedule included in the agenda packet:

The vacancy will be posted on the county website and in local newspapers on Wednesday.

The deadline to submit a letter of interest and resume will be 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 18.

Applicants will be interviewed at public meetings at 6 p.m. on Jan. 21 and Jan. 22. Additional public interviews will be scheduled as needed.

Council will vote to fill the seat at its Feb. 12 meeting. (According to the county charter, council has 60 days from the time a vacancy is declared to appoint a new council member. The last regularly scheduled council meeting within that time frame is Feb. 26.)

If council — which currently consists of 10 members — does not agree on a replacement for Brominski within 60 days, the county court of common pleas will fill the seat.

Council members, apart from the chairperson, are paid $8,000 per year. Council serves as the legislative body of county government.

Tuesday’s council meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the county courthouse on North River Street in Wilkes-Barre.

Contact the writer:

emark@citizensvoice.com

570-821-2117

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