Luzerne County prison correctional officers hired

By Jennifer Learn-Andes -
Luzerne County Correctional Facility -

Luzerne County has hired 23 prison correctional officers this year to date, but there are still approximately five vacancies left to fill, county Correctional Services Division Head Mark Rockovich said Monday.

Keeping all 194 budgeted positions filled has been a challenge due to ongoing retirements and departures, with some correctional officers leaving for state prison jobs, Rockovich has said.

Eight of the new officers were hired in January, leaving the county with approximately 11 vacancies, Rockovich said.

Since then, nine more positions have opened up, according to personnel reports:

• Correctional officers Matthew Pisano and Brandon Fritz transitioned to other county prison positions.

• John Weston and Brian McGlynn resigned.

• William Potoeski, Kevin Cooper and Stanley Piekanski retired.

• Kory Kish and James Stavridis were terminated.

Kish, 29, of Hughestown, pleaded guilty to an assault charge in January after police accused him of pointing a pistol at a man at D’s Diner in Plains Township in January 2017. Kish was sentenced to 15 months on probation.

County correctional officers start at $31,382 annually.

The 15 officers hired in March, according to the county’s newly released monthly personnel report: Matthew Balon, Robert Coyne, Gene Culp, Anthony Desando, Marisa Gilchrist, Tanner Johnson, Joseph Knipp, David Korpusik, Gerald Kruszka, Jessica Luton, Michael Mansueto, Kyle Minzola, Chris Reese, Phillip Richards and Justin Tokar.

Prison lieutenant Francis Hacken also was hired as captain in March, boosting his salary from $60,500 to $66,000, the report says.

Six other county employees were hired in March: Corey Keen and Cierra Montalvo, court administrative assistants, $27,000 annually; Theresa Adamczyk, probation receptionist, $23,115; Neva Colella, human services clerk, $15 per hour; Daniel Marsh, assistant district attorney, $43,000; and Lynn Martin, custodian, $21,000.

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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.