Commissioners Appoint Deputy Director For Human Resources

Justin MacGregor, 34, of Dunmore has been appointed by the Lackawanna County Commissioners as the new Deputy Director for Human Resources.  He assumed his duties on February 13.

“We are very pleased to add Justin to our staff.  His administrative experience will serve him well in working with our legal team, staff and union representatives in providing our workforce with the resources they need to do their jobs and, above all, serve the public,” the Commissioners explained in a joint statement.

Mr. MacGregor will be responsible for the overall administration of the County’s human resources/personnel operation.  He will work with staff, consultants and solicitors in overseeing labor relations with the County’s seven unions.

In his professional career, Justin worked for the Scranton School District as its Community Relations Director, where he was responsible for the District’s overall public relations efforts.

Prior to the District post, he worked as a Legislative Assistant for former State Representative Kevin Murphy.

Mr. MacGregor earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, Law and National Security from Misericordia in 2013.  He is a candidate for a Master of Public Administration degree from Marywood University, which he expects to receive in the Fall of this year.   He is currently in the process of preparing for his Master’s capstone.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity afforded to me to serve Lackawanna County in this role,” said Justin.  “My experience and education have prepared me for this, and I look forward to working with the Commissioners and staff.”

Active in the community, Mr. MacGregor is a Board Member of the Scranton Half Marathon and the United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA.  He is also an Auxiliary Board Member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of NEPA and an Allocation/Impact Committee member of the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.

His salary has been set at $53,000 by the Board of Commissioners.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Address Human Services Summit

Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, at podium, and Jim Wansacz offered opening remarks at the March 25 Human Services Integration Summit at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel that was attended by area social service agencies and direct care providers. The program, sponsored by the County’s Department of Human Services, served as a forum to discuss ways to provide valuable assistance and services to families and clients in the wake of massive federal and state funding cuts. Consolidating activities, creating more joint ventures and exploring private funding were discussed.

County Adopt an Angel Program in Need of Sponsors

Scranton, PA – Lackawanna County’s Adopt an Angel Program has a pressing need for sponsors. The annual program provides holiday gifts to youngsters who are in foster care or who receive services from the county’s Office of Children and Youth. Currently, sponsors are needed for over 100 children and youth.

 “We’ve never had to turn kids away,” said William Browning, Lackawanna County Human Services Director. “That would be unprecedented. We’re getting a little nervous.”

 Last year, the program served 877 youngsters from birth to age 21 through the generosity of local residents. Every attempt is made to match sponsors with a child of the preferred age and gender, although an exact match might not be possible because of the number of children served. Sponsors receive a letter to Santa from their child and are asked to return the gifts to Children and Youth’s fourth floor office at 200 Adams Ave., Scranton, by Dec. 14.

 In order to ensure that all children in a family receive an equitable amount of gifts, sponsors are asked to spend approximately $100 per child. Since not everyone is able to afford that amount, potential sponsors are urged to join with others rather than sponsoring a child individually. The program also accepts monetary donations, a new unwrapped gift or a gift card. Each and every contribution is greatly appreciated.

 To be a part of this long-standing tradition, please contact Gloria Liuzzo at 570-963-6781 ext. 1301, and provide your name, address, phone number and any preferences you have for age and/or gender. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity.