Commissioner Jerry Notarianni is a native born Scrantonian and the first of two sons born to Claire Gallagher Notarianni and the late Anthony Notarianni. He grew up in the Bull’s Head Section of Scranton and continues to reside in North Scranton.
He attended grade school at the former William Penn #40 and subsequently graduated from Central High School in 1971. He studied accounting at Wilkes College.
In 1972, Commissioner Notarianni began working in his family’s business, AIT Auto Parts in Scranton. He started as a Parts Clerk and worked his way up to Parts Manager, Managing Partner and finally to the sole proprietor of the business.
Commissioner Notarianni began his involvement in public affairs when he worked on campaigns as a volunteer in several city and county elections. His earliest experience in political life left him with a genuine belief that an individual can make a difference and can make good things happen for people. He first became a candidate for leadership in the Democratic Party to help the people it strives to serve. In 1982, he was elected to represent the Democrats of Lackawanna County on The Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee. He was re-elected to State Committee in 1984 and was also elected Democratic Chairman of the 113th Legislative District.
At the age of 32, he decided to seek public office himself as he deeply believed that the time had come to give something back to the community that has been so good to his family. In an upset victory, he was elected Lackawanna County’s Register of Wills.
While serving in that office, he appointed Lackawanna County’s first female Deputy Clerk. He made sweeping changes within the office, making it a more comfortable and efficient office in which to conduct business and to serve the public better.
In 1989, Commissioner Notarianni decided against a run for reelection as Register of Wills. The City of Scranton was facing many significant issues and he felt that he could best help by entering the Mayoral race in the City of Scranton. He won the Democratic nomination in a primary, but was defeated in the general election and returned to work at AIT Auto Parts.
In 2000, Commissioner Notarianni was elected to serve as a Delegate for Senator Bill Bradley at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, CA. He went on to be elected the Chairman of the City Democratic Committee and also the Chairman of the County Democratic Committee.
In 2014, with a great desire to serve the people of his community, he ran for and was elected to a position on the Lackawanna County Government Study Commission.
Commissioner Notarianni has a rich history of serving the community outside of elected office. He was appointed by City Council to the Scranton Zoning Board of Appeals. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of The Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency. He was appointed to the Board of the ACT 101 Program at the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit, which provided supplementary education and cultural opportunity to disadvantage students. He was honored to serve the former St. Michaels School for Boys on its Board of Directors.
Commissioner Notarianni is married to the former Susan Bauman and has two children. His son, Francis, is a senior at Gettysburg College and his daughter, Lara, is a junior at DeSales University.