Wilkes-Barre Administrator Ted Wampole has been hired to head the Luzerne County Tourism and Convention Bureau, county Manager C. Thursday afternoon david Pedri informed county council within an email.
Pedri asked council to become listed on him in welcoming the brand new executive director, saying Wampole has spent his career and life in the county, most assisting city Mayor Tony George days gone by 3 years recently.
Wampole shall start his county position Dec. 10 and receive $70,000 annually, Pedri said.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau includes a self-sustaining budget of $701,000 funded by 1 percent of the county&rsquo primarily;s 5 percent hotel tax.
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Bureau head Janet Hall plans to retire by the finish, and the opening was advertised. The county administration wished to fill the post before she leaves so she could work with her successor and share her institutional knowledge.
week and starting the brand new job the following month
Wampole said he looks forward to ending up in Hall next.
But there’s some ambivalence on Wampole’s part. “It’s with heavy heart that it’s done by me. It’s no reflection on the populous city,” he said.
The timing was right, Wampole explained. “We’re coping with family medical issues,” he said. “This is a chance to together sort of work that.”
Wampole, 58, added he spoke along with his family in regards to a working job change and in addition spoke to Pedri.
“It’s an all natural for me personally. It’s an outreach position. A whole lot is performed by me of outreach,” Wampole said.
Wampole switched to municipal government from the insurance industry once the George was joined by him administration in 2016. Wampole retired from Liberty Mutual where he previously been a realtor for a lot more than 32 years. He served as co-chairperson for George&rsquo also;s mayoral campaign in 2015.
Wampole’s salary in the mayor’s proposed 2019 budget was $75,000 plus benefits.
Wampole said the mayor understood his decision to leave the administration. “He says it&rsquo always;s family and health first,” Wampole said of the mayor.
George said city Attorney Tim Henry, the deputy city administrator, will probably complete for Wampole temporarily.
“We’re not likely to make any rash decisions” on appointing Wampole’s replacement, George said. “I’ve got an excellent team. Each of them know very well what they’re doing,” he said.
Wampole agreed with the mayor’s assessment. “All the department heads is first class,” he said.
And though he won&rsquo even;t maintain City Hall, he’ll communicate with the mayor as he seeks another 4-year term next year.
“I’be with the mayor through the entire election co-chairing his campaign ll,”Wampole said.
George said there are a few social individuals who he’s “thinking about,” but stressed won&rsquo there;t be considered a quick decision. “I’m likely to take my time,” he said.
The county has been “lucky” to really have the position filled by Hall, Pedri said.
Hall, 61, of Kingston, joined the bureau 22 years when it had been created ago. For per year she worked being an administrative assistant, moved to director of marketing and sales and was promoted to the executive director’s position in 2016.
“Under Ms. Hall’s leadership, the Tourism Bureau’s outreach to the citizens of Luzerne County expanded greatly,” Pedri wrote, noting she helped bring the Keystone Games to the certain area, resulting in a huge selection of visitors.
“She’ll be missed greatly; however, she’s wanted to provide assist with Mr graciously. Wampole during this time period of transition,” Pedri said.
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