By MARYALICE MELI

mameli@ncnewsonline.com



The study commission that will examine Lawrence County’s form of government over the next 18 months has elected officers.

The panel elected David Kennaday as chairman, John Russo Jr. as vice chairman and Joe Cicero as secretary/treasurer.

The other members are Richard Audino, Charles Bell, Donald Currie, John DeSanti, Duane Evans, Loretta Hogans, Brad Olson and Mark Panella. Evans and Hogans were absent.

Voters elected the commission in November to study various county government options and to recommend either one of those options or keeping the three-commissioner form that is in place now.

The commission established two subcommittees, one to engage a solicitor and another to find a secretary to record the minutes, “someone to keep holy this unholy group,” Audino teased.

The recommendations are to be submitted at the next meeting — 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in the ground floor meeting room of the county government center. Meetings are open to the public.

The group also decided to set the meetings for the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month and to allow each visitor three minutes to speak at the end of each session. Meetings are two hours long.

Kennaday said he will seek a representative from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to speak at the next meeting. The members expressed a need for further clarification of their function and guidance concerning procedure.

“It’s important that we talk to someone from DCED,” Olson said. “They make the rules and can answer questions about procedure.”

In future meetings, the members want to interview elected county officials as well as row officers, department heads and members of the commission that conducted a study five years ago.

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