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Luzerne County Council To Choose Replacement For Brominski Soon

January 3, 2019
Luzerne County Council To Choose Replacement For Brominski Soon

Luzerne County Council will hold its first meeting without Edward Brominski filling one of the 11 council seats on Tuesday.

Council will begin the process to choose a replacement for the outspoken longtime public servant that night.

Brominski, of Swoyersville, announced this week that he would resign effective today. He had served on county council since the county’s home rule form of government took effect in 2012.

The first step in replacing Brominski is for council to declare a vacancy, according to the county charter.

That will be on the agenda for Tuesday’s voting session, according to council Chairman Tim McGinley.

Once a vacancy is declared, council will have up to 60 days to choose Brominski’s replacement, who must be a registered Democrat, as is Brominski.

Council will discuss the replacement process at Tuesday’s work session, McGinley said.

It will be new territory, as Brominski is the first sitting council member to resign. McGinley said he expects council to follow the same procedure as it did following the 2013 resignation of former Controller Walter Griffith.

“What we did in the past was post (the vacancy) and advertise it, to allow time for people to apply,” McGinley said.

Council will schedule interviews with all applicants for the vacant seat, according to McGinley. He said he hopes the new council member will be seated by the Feb. 12 council meeting.

McGinley thanked Brominski for his years of public service.

“He served for a long time in several different positions,” McGinley said. “We appreciate all his service and wish him the best.”

Brominski, who was re-elected to council in 2015, had served three years of his second four-year term.

Whoever is named to replace him will serve for the rest of this year.

The seat will be on the ballot for the May primary and the November municipal election.

Brominski, in an email to council, said he was resigning due to circumstances beyond his control and because he could no longer fulfill his duties as a councilman to his own satisfaction.

The oldest council member at 78, he often participated in meetings via telephone last year.

Brominski spent much of his tenure on council in the voting minority. He was known for speaking directly and urging fiscal discipline, especially to protect senior citizens on fixed incomes.

He opposed county Manager David Pedri on numerous issues, and last fall urged Pedri to present a county budget that cut expenses and included a property tax reduction. Last month, he called for an investigation into county election director Marisa Crispell’s ties to a county vendor.

Brominski spent much of his life in public service. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served as a county commissioner under the previous form of government. He also served as mayor of Swoyersville and director of the county assessment office. He worked as a public school teacher for 15 years.

Brominski could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

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