Political blogger hired for W-B health educator post #Wampole_SaidJanuary 12, 2019
WILKES-BARRE — Mayor Tony George hired a local political blogger and commentator with a background in government and health care for a health educator post that opened upon the controversial retirement of a former city administrator.
Working just one day on the job qualified Hayward for an annual pension of $18,391.
That’s in addition to his firefighter disability pension of $10,015.
“He comes well-qualified, with a degree in government and a background in health care,” Wampole said of Yonki.
“I’ve heard him speak on several occasions.
He’s very well-spoken and presents a clear message, and that’s important for a health educator.
Yonki also worked on the Planning and Allocation Committee at United Way of Wyoming Valley, dealing with recreation and health care agencies.
He is a former Member Services representative at Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Last spring, under his direction as chair of the President John F. Kennedy Council No.
Asked if Yonki’s political influence played any part in the mayor’s decision to hire him, Wampole declined to answer, calling it an unfair question to ask him.