WILKES-BARRE — Greg Barrouk has given notice he will leave his position as city administrator and a replacement has already been offered the job.
Barrouk, 36, has given Mayor Tony George his letter of resignation and has agreed to stay two weeks to one month to help with the transition.
George confirmed Barrouk’s decision to leave and also confirmed the appointment of Ted Wampole, who served as George’s campaign co-chairperson, as Barrouk’s replacement.
“It’s official,” George said. “I will confirm both reports — Greg is leaving and Ted will be the new administrator.”
George said Wampole’s salary will be “about $75,000” per year. Barrouk was paid $84,000, George said.
“Greg’s leaving will be a big loss to the city,” the mayor said. “He has done a terrific job. And Greg has agreed to stay on to help train Ted in his first week or so on the job.”
Wampole is expected to start Monday, George said.
Barrouk has worked for the city more than 10 years, serving as director of community development, then as assistant city administrator before becoming city administrator when Marie McCormick retired in June 2015.
“It’s truly been an honor to have worked for the city and its residents for the last 12 years,” Barrouk said. “It’s been a great experience working for both Mayor Tom Leighton and Mayor Tony George.”
Barrouk would not comment on where he will work once he leaves the city position. He said he probably will remain with the city until June 1.
Wampole, 56, has been an agent for Liberty Mutual for more than 32 years. He said he is retiring from the company effective Friday.
“I’m excited about this opportunity to work for the city,” Wampole said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge. This has been a passion of mine for a long time. Anyone who knows me, knows that.”
Wampole said he will approach his new job with that passion and the determination to help the city and it’s government.
“I feel like a two-year-old on Christmas day,” he said.”Like I said, I welcome the challenge and I look forward to getting started.”
Wampole said he feels he can help the mayor improve the city and he will work to build solid relationships with the five members of the city council.
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