Driving people away

In the May 7 edition, I read an article titled, “Lycoming County still needs employees.” As someone who grew up in Williamsport, went to Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, and earned almost every academic achievement possible in my program at Penn College, I couldn’t even get an interview with the City of Williamsport or Lycoming County. I applied for positions I should have, for all intents and purposes, been given an interview for by simply meeting/exceeding the qualifications. By the time I was done with college, I had essentially no choice but to leave my hometown for some place that would accept me professionally. Leaving Williamsport lead to two stints with the U.S. Department of Justice under the Obama and Trump administrations, a position with Oregon Federal Public Defender, and the Oregon Department of Justice. This isn’t to tout my own resume by any means, but it’s to illustrate that Williamsport and Lycoming County have been suffering from brain drain for in excess of a decade.

I’m not alone in that sentiment. I don’t pretend to know the intricate governmental hiring practices of the city or the county, but there really should be a lot of introspection at both levels if you want to attract and retain the best and brightest.


Lake Oswego, Oregon

Submitted by Virtual Newsroom


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