Lackawanna County Commissioners Recognize Dunmore Football Team

The Lackawanna County Commissioners honored the Dunmore Bucks football team at the school in recognition of their outstanding 2014 season.  A proclamation was presented to the school and coach and certificates of recognition were given to every member of the team.  The Bucks were PIAA Class AA Eastern Champions, posting a 14-2 record.  The senior football players gathered with the Commissioners and head coach Jack Henzes at the ceremony.

Far left is Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley and at center are Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Coach Henzes and Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien.

Kevin Mitchell Named Lackawanna County Deputy Director For Purchasing

Kevin G. Mitchell has been appointed Lackawanna County’s Deputy Director for Purchasing by Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley.

“In Kevin’s previous role with the County, he was a valuable member of the Budget and Finance Department as our Business Analyst.  His experience and knowledge of the County’s operation will serve him very well in his new role.  We are happy to have him back, and we are confident that he will do an excellent job in handling the various bid, purchasing, fleet and asset sales functions of the position,” the Commissioners said in a statement.

A resident of Scranton, Mr. Mitchell possesses a wealth of experience in revenue, finance and accounting.  In his new role, Kevin is responsible for all County purchasing along with managing the department’s staff and operating budget, authorizing and approving purchase orders, assisting with the development of bid specifications for equipment and materials, offering advice on State mandated procurement procedures, conducting County asset sales, and maintaining the County’s parking accommodations.

Prior to rejoining the County, Kevin worked as the Grants Specialist for The Commonwealth Medical College.  He managed the grant data base, ensured compliance with grantors’ policies, and assisted faculty with the development of grant proposals and budgets.

While at the County from 2010-13, Mr. Mitchell played a role in the development of a zero-based budget model, aided in the completion of County audits, managed 12 debt service account schedules and handled the reconciliations of the County’s 73 cash accounts.

Kevin also worked for the City of Scranton from 2006-10, serving as a Financial Analyst (2006-08) in the Business Administration and Finance Department, and Director of Finance and Grant Compliance (2008-10) in the Office of Economic and Community Development.

As Financial Analyst, he assisted with the development of the City’s annual budget and prepared various financial statements.  In the OECD Office, he maintained oversight for all financial and administrative functions, managed the annual $5 million operating budget, oversaw a revolving loan portfolio of $17 million, prepared government grants, coordinated the annual audit and supervised staff.

Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Penn State University Worthington Scranton Campus, Dunmore, and received an MBA with a concentration in Accounting and Finance from the University of Scranton.

Kevin and his wife, Tracey, reside in South Scranton.

Lackawanna County Women’s Commission Donates To Pantry

The Lackawanna County Commission For Women conducted a food drive recently to help stock the St. Francis of Assisi food pantry. The group canvassed members of the Commission for canned goods, pasta, spreads and other non-perishable items.

Presenting the food to Msgr. Joseph P. Kelly, right, Diocese of Scranton Secretary for Catholic Human Services, are, l-r, Commission members Marie Ciuferri, Kris Pocius, Linda Steier, Marilyn Vitali Flynn, Donna Barbetti, Commission President; and Judy Cosgrove.