Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The LuLac Edition #1457, Feb. 1st, 2011



The Times Leader has reported that Todd Vonderheid, the president and chief executive officer of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry will leave his post by the end of the year. Vonderheid gained a political profile by helping to spearhead The Arena Yes vote in the mid 90s. That effort went down to defeat by a razor thin margin. Vonderheid emerged as a candidate in the 2003 race for County Commissioner in Luzerne County and snared a nomination. That fall, he ran with ex NFL football player Greg Skrepenak to win a slot under the dome as a County Commissioner. Vonderheid left the job in 2007 to take over the Chamber job.
Chamber Board Chair Conrad Shintz said,
“Todd’s tenure as CEO has been super. His leadership has been instrumental in developing a transparent plan to reposition the organization, restructure its private and public debt obligations, and ensure a sustainable future for the CBI, while also continuing to provide high-value economic and community development services to the area.”
That was the official statement of the Chamber. Vonderheid offered no new plans for the future. His friend Senator John Yudichak told the papers that “knowing his restlessness, his energy and his passion, he’ll likely not stay out of the spotlight for good.”
Vonderheid as new Luzerne County Executive?
Check out our poll question at the end of this edition.


WYLN TV 35's "Late Edition" (Seen on Service Electric here on Channel 19 every night) reports that C.O.P.S. (Citizens Opposed to Political Suppression) has unendorsed Hazletonian Kathy Dobash. C.O.P.S. Member Charmaine Maynard says that Dobash’s strident e mails and positions were at odds with the C.O.P.S. mission. Dobash, a passionate champion of First Night Hazleton, an outspoken radio talk show caller and frequent political internet poster most likely will not be deterred by this setback in her bid for Luzerne County Council.


With the recent news that Todd Vonderheid plans to step down as Chamber CEO and the fact that in less than a year the Luzerne County Home Rule Committee will be seeking someone to run the county, we thought a good poll question would be:
When the Home Rule Committee begins its search for a County CEO, would Todd Vonderheid be a good choice?
Click here to take survey


At 6:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? Todd Vonderheid, county executive? This was the guy who was asleep at the switch while that thief Skrepenak was running rampant. Damaged goods. Move on.

At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

as the unofficial leader of the fictitious group Citizens Supporting Political Suppression I endorse Ms. Dobash and also Steve Corbett, even though Mr. Corbett does not reside in Luzerne County his dictatorial heavy hand on his face book page represents political suppression at its finest.

The above was sarcasm, it was intended to have fun, something many people have forgotten.

At 8:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the investigation still open in Luzerne county, he may be otherwise occupied.

At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just curious of your opinion. The subject of your radio man crush, anti fracking loud mouth Kevin Lynn, now appears to be a spokesperson for a company associated with the industry.
So, it seems that income was more important than conviction. I know you will defend it because you are reasonably pragmatic. However, I wonder how Duke from Dallas whose hero worship of Lynn's time at WILK will feel.
I think it is obvious Kevin Lynn is not the liberal he claimed to be and he really suckered those other folks.

At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I guess there is a God. Unfortunately he's been around too long. What a track record! We can only hope the corruption task force has caught up with him. As per The Citizens' Voice . . "According to Internal Revenue Service records, Vonderheid's "reportable compensation" in 2008 from the chamber and related organizations was $173,000, and "other compensation" that year was $27,396." That is absolutely ridiculous in this area. The Wilkes-Barre Chamber has far outlived its usefulness. Perhaps we need a NEPA / Regional organization or a better Luzerne County Community Development organization to foster the business and employment growth of the region. There are so many organizations that overlap only to provide political positions for the connected. Wilkes-Barre has a Chamber and so does Hazleton and Pittston. There's Luzerne County Community Development and the Redevelopment Authority. We need to come together for the betterment of all not just those with political connections. We have seen what that leads to, overpaid incompetence and corruption.

At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Vondy's position publicly or privately funded?

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