Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley is a lifelong resident of Scranton with a stellar background in community, civic and public service. Pat has played an active role in the local government scene as both an elected official and staff member.
In 1993, Pat was elected to the Scranton School Board, and in 1997 he won another four-year term. In 2007, after a 7 year absence, Mr. O’Malley was victorious in gaining another board seat. Pat left his mark on the District with several considerable achievements:
*Voting for the construction of Scranton High School.
*Securing a $350,000 State Grant for Police protection in the intermediate schools.
*Creating a uniform program for 13 elementary schools and 3 intermediate schools.
In the community, Pat:
*Was instrumental in the effort to cap the Marjol Battery property from further poisoning the ground water in Throop and the county.
*Worked with then District Attorney Michael Barrase in fighting against a local cable firm running an adult entertainment series on its network.
*Worked to prevent methadone clinics from locating in Old Forge and other county sites.
*Is active in several civic groups, such as Ancient Order of Hibernians, UNICO, Victor Alfieri Society, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Keyser Valley Neighborhood Association, and Co-Director of the “Hook” O’Malley Race Against Cancer, to mention a cross section.
Commissioner O’Malley began his volunteer and community work when he was 13 years old, and since then, his family’s tradition has blossomed in a number of areas. For the past 30 years, Pat has been a speaker and fund raiser for the Women’s Resource Center. The O’Malley family also presents an annual award to a center volunteer or staff member in honor of their late sister, Margie, a victim of domestic violence.
Pat is committed to the safety, well being and care of children. His concern that all children experience the joy of the holidays has led the family to organize free Easter, Halloween and Christmas parties.
Aside from his current Commissionership, Mr. O’Malley has worked as a corrections officer at the Lackawanna County prison, served as the County’s Assistant Director for Parks & Recreation and was the manager for his family’s catering business.
The Commissioner resides in Keyser Valley with his wife, Christine, and their two sons, Patrick II, and Vincent. Son of the late Ann Marie and Paul “Hook” O’Malley.