Luzerne County Council Expected To Vote On Pedri’s Future Tonight
Luzerne County council will likely vote on a proposed contract extension for county Manager David Pedri tonight. A proposed resolution that authorizes a four-year contract, from 2019 through 2022, has been added to the agenda for council’s voting session, which begins at 6 p.m. at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke. The salary line was left blank in a copy of the resolution included in the agenda packet for tonight’s meeting. Pedri, 39, of Butler Twp., currently earns $124,848 per year. His contract expires at the end of this year. Council appointed him to lead the county’s executive branch in May 2016. A three-member council committee, chaired by Councilman Eugene Kelleher, has met with Pedri in recent weeks to negotiate terms of a new contract. Pedri appears to have the support of a majority of council. Kelleher and council President Tim McGinley have praised his job performance this month. However, Councilwoman Linda McClosky Houck has said she will move to table any vote on Pedri’s contract tonight. Council members who are not on the committee negotiating with Pedri will not learn details of the proposed contract until an executive session scheduled for 5:45 p.m. today, Houck said. That is not enough time for meaningful discussion and consideration of such an important issue, she said.