Luzerne County Manager Robert Lawton has nominated Colorado resident Linda A. Coxen as the new judicial services and records division head at a salary of $67,500.
The county’s home rule charter created the judicial services and records division to oversee the deeds, wills, sheriff, coroner and civil and criminal court records departments.
The appointment requires confirmation from county council, which is expected to vote on the nomination Tuesday.
Deeds office overseer Joan Hoggarth had been serving as interim director of judicial services and records since September without an increase of her $41,200 salary.
The county received 28 applications for the position, and the human resources director determined six applications most fully met the minimum qualifications, Lawton said.
The review panel — attorney and charter drafter Jim Haggerty, attorney Joseph Giovannini and former chief county engineer Joe Gibbons — interviewed the six and forwarded four finalists without ranking to Lawton for his consideration.
Coxen, of Frisco, Colo., began her career in justice services as administrator for the District Attorney of Colorado’s Fifth Judicial District from 1986 through 1989, Lawton said. She handled budget planning and management, grants and human resources supervision in that position, he said.
She served as administrator for the District Attorney of Colorado’s Eighth Judicial District from 1988 through 2012, managing five supervisors and 40 staffers within a $9.25 million budget, Lawton said.
“With her leadership, the office implemented process improvements, addressed increasing demand for services in the face of shrinking budgets and implemented principles of project management,” Lawton wrote.
The Larimer County Board of Commissioners named Coxen employee of the year in 2001, and she also received a leadership innovation award for reducing operating expenses without layoffs, Lawton said.
Following a change of district attorney administrations in 2012, Coxen accepted a position as town clerk in the Colorado towns of Breckenridge and Georgetown.
Coxen received a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in accounting/business administration from the Pennsylvania State University in 1984. She is a member of several professional organizations.
Lawton has two more division head positions to select: an engineer to oversee the operational division; and an administrator of the human services division, which includes children and youth, aging, mental health and developmental services and drug and alcohol.