Luzerne County Chief Solicitor C. David Pedri was named acting manager until a permanent manager is hired, which should take several months.
A council majority made the selection Monday night.
Prior county manager Robert Lawton had selected county Administrative Services Division Head David Parsnik as acting manager, but the council was free to select someone else.
County Correctional Division Head J. Allen Nesbitt and county Engineer Greg Parrs also had expressed interest in the temporary post.
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