The Home Rule question was overwhelmingly approved by the voters of Luzerne County in last month's primary election and we elected 11 people to serve on the Government Study Commission to come up with a better way of doing things. Kudos to PJ Best and the team at Luzerne Home Rule that convinced the Commissioners to put it on the ballot and campaigned to get the voters to approve the question.
The GSC members are; Jim Haggerty, Walter Griffith Jr., John Adonizio, Veronica Ciaruffoli, Frank E. P. Conyngham, Jack Schumacher, Rick Morelli, Richard “Kick” Heffron, Robert “Whammer” Wanyo, Christopher “C. J.” Kersey, Charmaine Maynard (pictured above)
Now the hard work begins after Luzerne County President Judge Chet Muroski swore them in.
They have nine months to decide if a change of Government is needed then another nine months to come up with a Charter. I think the first part should take about 10 minutes and the last commission came up with a pretty good plan that could just be tweaked a bit. A new charter must be completed 13 weeks before an election so the earliest we can expect a new form of government to vote on is probably next May or November.