For attorney C. David Pedri, 37, it’s all about a combination of qualities that contribute to success. “My philosophy is simple: be open and honest, treat people the way you would want to be treated, with respect, and work hard to attain your dreams. The combination always wins the day.”
His role as Luzerne County manager encompasses a variety of supervisory duties. These include overseeing all aspects of Luzerne County government which includes the maintenance and repair of county roads and bridges, emergency and disaster management and response and corrections among other duties. In addition, he works daily with the other branches of government, specifically the judiciary and the Luzerne County Council. He manages more than 1,400 employees and oversees an approximate $300 million budget.
Born and raised in Hazleton, he attained his political science degree at St. Joseph’s University, and then attended Temple University School of Law where he graduated in 2004. He became employed as an assistant district attorney in Luzerne County and eventually worked his way through the ranks and was promoted to deputy district attorney, where in addition to prosecuting cases, he supervised a staff of more than 60 people.
After seven years at the District Attorney’s office and 13 homicide convictions, he was appointed the first chief county solicitor under the new Home Rule government, overseeing all legal issues in the county. Following a little more than two years in that position, he was appointed by Luzerne County Council as the second-ever county manager in 2016.
Pedri attributes much of his success to being a good communicator and to being focused on his goals.” I know who I am and what my strengths are and I surround myself with people who share the same “can do” mentality,” he said.
His favorite part of the day is coming home to his wife, Holly, and children, Evan, Andrew and Julia. “I sometimes work long hours and they have always been there to support me. This county is my home, where I choose to raise my children. Seeing my family empowers me to work even harder to make Luzerne County a phenomenal place for our residents,” he adds.
Pedri sits on the board of the Helping Hands Society and jokes that he pretends to know what he is doing whenR he coaches his sons’ baseball and soccer teams.