Commissioners approve GEO for reentry services
Lycoming County commissioners approved GEO Reentry Services for the prisoner and case management program, but not before some discussion regarding the matter.
The vote was 2-1 for GEO to conduct the services for another year at a cost of $69,000 with Commissioner Rick Mirabito arguing in favor of going instead with STEP, Inc.
Commissioners Scott Metzger and Tony Mussare argued that GEO was more in tune with the criminal justice system.
Mirabito noted that STEP has done reentry services for more than 50 years.
“It wasn’t called reentry and it wasn’t all prisoners,” he said.
Mirabito further argued that STEP has “deep roots” in the community.
“I think we do a disservice to a community when they have been doing this for 54 years.
He also noted that GEO is a business that has grown in part by building prisons, while STEP is a non-profit that has worked to help people get out of jail.
Metzger pointed out that GEO has done a good job of keeping down the county prison’s overcrowding and helping people reenter society.
“They are experienced. they use evidence-based practices,” he said.
In other matters, commissioners approved a work change order with R&L Development Co. extending its completion date by 15 days for construction of landfill space. The charge order comes at no extra cost to the county.
Commissioners approved the following personnel to fill vacancies:
• Tiffany Nunn, clerk, courts, $13.95 per hour.
• Tyler S. Calkins, assistant public defender, $53,282 annually.
• Keith F. Gleckl Jr., correctional officer, $17.23 per hour.
• Jennifer L. James, domestic relations officer, $42,836 annually.
• Janine M. Haughton, law clerk, $38,548 annually.
• Cynthia M. Burnett, financial technician, controller’s office, $18.18 per hour.
Commissioners will next meet 10 a.m. Thursday at Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St., Williamsport.