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W-B Administrator Wampole To Head County Tourism Bureau

November 9, 2018

W-B Administrator Wampole To Head County Tourism Bureau

Wilkes-Barre City Administrator Ted Wampole will leave his position next month to become executive director of the Luzerne County Convention and Tourism Bureau. Wampole will start work for the county on Dec. 10, county Manager David Pedri announced Thursday. His salary will be $70,000 per year, or $5,000 less than his current salary with the city. Wampole will work with Janet Hall, the tourism bureau’s current director, prior to her retirement at the end of the year, Pedri said. Wampole, 58, said he looks forward to the new opportunity, but will miss the friends he has made since Mayor Tony George appointed him city administrator in May 2016. “I am thrilled to work with the people I have,” Wampole said. “They are a great team.” He said he also enjoys dealing with the public and the media, as he often does at city council meetings. But Wampole said the tourism bureau “just seemed to be a natural fit” based on some of the work he has done promoting the city. The new job will also allow him to focus more time and energy on family health issues that have arisen recently, he said. Despite those issues, Wampole vowed to be “available and accessible all the time, 24/7,” when he starts his county job, as he has been while working for the city. “This is right in my wheelhouse,” he said. “I’m excited about everything.” Wampole said he plans to learn as much as he can while working with Hall next month. He said he expects the tourism bureau will work with other agencies and officials to promote the county and boost economic development efforts. Wampole’s last day working for the city will be Dec. 7. George described Wampole’s departure as “a great loss (for the city), but he has to do what’s best for him.” “People think this is an easy job, but it’s not an eight-hour-a-day job,” the mayor said. “You’re always working. There’s a lot of stress, big-time stress. You have 100 things going on every day.” George said Tim Henry, who currently holds dual roles of city attorney and deputy city administrator, will handle the brunt of Wampole’s responsibilities after he leaves. “He’s been here longer than anybody,” George said. “And I’ve got a great staff. They’ve been doing this a long time and they know what they’re doing. And I’m here, too. I have 40 years with the city, so I have the emergency services part covered.” George said he has no time frame for hiring Wampole’s replacement. “I want to see how Tim works out,” the mayor said. Wampole lives in South Wilkes-Barre. He graduated from Meyers High School and King’s College. Prior to joining the city administration, Wampole worked for 32 years in the insurance industry. Pedri, in an email to county council, said Hall will be “greatly missed” and noted her many achievements, such as helping to bring the Keystone Games to Luzerne County. The tourism bureau is funded largely through the county’s hotel room tax. Contact the writer: emark@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2117 smocarsky@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2110; @MocarskyCV

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