Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The LuLac Edition #1660, June 28th, 2011



There wasn’t a plume of white smoke emanating from the Lackawanna County Courthouse this afternoon but the imprimatur of the Judiciary of Luzerne County tabbed former County employee Bruce Smallacombe as the interim Commissioner. In one of our previous editions (Edition #1657) we wrote that this would be the wise and prudent choice. The Mayor is seasoned, ran a good race in the primary and at this time has no political ambitions for the seat. Smallacombe served in the very administration that A.J. Munchak occupied as one was of the Majority Commissioners.
This is the report that was filed in the Citizen’s Voice from a compilation of staff reports:
Bruce Smallacombe is Lackawanna County's new minority commissioner.
The county's Common Pleas Court judges this afternoon appointed Smallacombe, 57, the 10-year mayor of Jermyn, to replace former Republican Commissioner A.J. Munchak, who resigned last week after his conviction on federal public corruption charges.
Smallacombe was scheduled to be sworn in later today. The annual salary for the commissioner's post is $76,017.
He will fill out the final six months of Munchak's term. A new board of commissioners will be elected in November and seated in January.
Smallacombe was selected over two other candidates — South Abington Township auditor William T. Jones, 23, and business consultant Steve Scarpetta, 25, of Scranton — who had been recommended by the county Republican executive committee.
President Judge Thomas Munley announced the appointment after all three men were interviewed separately by five other judges acting as the court en banc.
Munley said the decision to name Smallacombe was unanimous.
Smallacombe, who was the county's director of roads and bridges from 2004 until 2008 during the administration of Munchak and former Commissioner Robert C. Cordaro, said he was happy and proud to have a chance to serve the people of Lackawanna County.
"It's a humbling experience just to be in this position," he said.
Smallacombe said he wants to work during the brief time he will have in the commissioners office to bring people together to work for the mutual benefit of the county and its municipalities.


At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You shoulda photo-shopped a papal hat on Smallacombe.

Unless you're afraid of John-Paul-Ringo.

At 12:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Commissioner Smallacombe
I say Good for the Guy! He semed
to me to be humbled by the opportunity and that would be a rare touch around here lately. He wont have much to say about what goes on in the County but he looks to me like he will show up and do his best. I am sure Commissioners Washo and OBrien will treat him with respect and nothing could be easier than just getting along for six months and trying to work together and see how that might work out. The Republicans are in disgrace. This Man gets an opportunity to begin to put things back on track...

Waverly Bob

At 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He will collect a check for a few months, good for him. He has already been dissed by the boy wonder, s so he will have no input, the message has been sent


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