County mourns longest-tenured Sheriff
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Lackawanna County mourns the loss of one of its greatest civil servants, as the family of retired County Sheriff John Szymanski announced his passing Wednesday evening. Szymanski served eight terms in the Sheriff’s Department from 1982 to 2013, the longest- tenured sheriff in Lackawanna County history. In his time, Szymanski expanded both the staff and influence of the Sheriff’s Department in the hopes of improving their capacity to provide safety and security for all Lackawanna residents.

"John was an eight-term sheriff, the longest-tenured sheriff in county history. He was responsible for the expansion and increased role of the office, starting with six deputies in the early 1980s to over 40 at the end of his tenure. I always saw John as a true public servant. He exemplified professionalism, integrity, honor and was a true gentleman," said Mark McAndrew, Lackawanna County Sheriff.

Evie Rafalko McNulty, Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds, continued the sentiment, “When I came into office in 1998, John Szymanski immediately became my ‘go-to guy.’  He was a man who wore his badge with courage and honor and who commanded respect just by his presence.  …  He was the type of public servant that was loved and cherished as a friend, a colleague, a mentor and leader in our community. He will be missed.”

The viewing for Sheriff Szymanski will be held on Wednesday, June 12, from 9  to 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 1403 Jackson St., Scranton. From the viewing, a procession will be held from St. Patrick’s to Sacred Heart Cemetery in Minooka for a funeral service. Any departments wishing to attend this procession should be assembled at St. Patrick’s no later than 11:30 a.m.

Lackawanna County extends its heartfelt condolences to Sheriff Szymanski’s family, friends and coworkers, and expresses gratitude for Szymanski’s years of service and tireless dedication to the residents of Lackawanna County.

In honor of Sheriff Szymanski, Lackawanna County Commissioners will have flags flown at half mast until following Wednesday’s funeral.