Luzerne County manager search committee members selected

By Jennifer Learn-Andes -


    The Luzerne County Council selected five citizens to serve on a committee that will help select the county’s next manager: Carmen Ambrosino, Gene A. Camoni, Robert E. Fisher, Gerard O’Donnell and Michael Giamber.

    The manager position will be vacant Jan. 1 because Robert Lawton submitted his resignation, which was formally accepted by the council Tuesday night.

    Under the county’s home rule charter, the council must rely on an outside committee to seek, screen and conduct initial interviews of county manager applicants. The committee then recommends three finalists to the council for its consideration.

    Some background on the selected applicants, according to information submitted to the county:

    • Ambrosino , Hughestown, worked as CEO of the nonprofit Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc., an organization he helped start, for 40 years before retiring in January 2014. He now works as a speaker, consultant, author and trainer in the addiction field. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in health administration.

    • Camoni, Swoyersville, has worked as an assistant professor at Wilkes University and was superintendent at the Old Forge School District from 2000 to 2007. He has a doctorate in education.

    • Fisher, Salem Township, has worked in health care management consulting, including assignments handling financial oversight, throughout the country. He has a master’s degree in business administration.

    • O’Donnell, Kingston Township, has more than 30 years of retail and wholesale experience in automotive and construction equipment industries, including a position as president/chief operating officer at Motor World Automotive Group, Inc. in Wilkes-Barre from 1996 to 2012 and as vice president/general manager at Boch Retail Enterprises in Boston from 1992 to 1996. He has a bachelor’s degree in history.

    • Giamber, Fairmount Township, has a bachelor’s degree in business management and worked 23 years with the U.S. Navy managing operations at several naval facilities in Washington, D.C. He also taught contract management classes and worked seven years as deputy chief of facilities and operations at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

    By Jennifer Learn-Andes

    Reach Jennifer Learn-Andes at 570-991-6388 or on Twitter @TLJenLearnAndes.

    Reach Jennifer Learn-Andes at 570-991-6388 or on Twitter @TLJenLearnAndes.

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