Stephen A. Urban, a current Luzerne County councilman and the county flood protection authority chairman, is running for Luzerne County Controller in the May 2013 primary election.
Before home rule was instated, Urban served as a Luzerne County Commissioner for 12 years. He competes on the Democratic ballot for the position against incumbent county Controller Walter Griffith, Michelle Bednar and Karen Ceppa-Hirko.
Urban said knowledge of county operations and experience with overseeing large budgets qualify him for the county employee’s position.
The controller, a full-time official, serves as an independent overseer for county fiscal and management activities.
Urban served as the Treasurer for the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association, a non-profit organization, for four years and handled bank deposits, bill payments, accounting and reconciliation of the association’s funds.
Before he was a county commissioner, Urban served with the U.S. Army for more than 24 years. In several positions as an officer, Urban was responsible for supervising the budget and finance office of large organizations with budgets in excess of $200 million.
Urban graduated from E.L. Meyers High School and holds a bachelor’s degree from King’s College, a master of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, Calif., and a master of arts degree from the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.