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Scarnati Announces Chief Clerk of the Senate to Retire
September 16, 2013
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati today announced that W. Russell Faber, Chief Clerk of the Senate, will retire on December 31, 2013.
“Serving as Chief Clerk of the Senate requires a vast knowledge of the legislative process, respect for the institution and the ability to be fair and even-handed,” Scarnati stated. “Russ Faber has clearly demonstrated that he possesses these important qualities and has been instrumental in providing strong fiscal guidance for the Senate.”
“For over 30 years, Russ Faber has been a tremendous leader and public servant in Pennsylvania,” Scarnati continued. “As Chief Clerk of the Senate he has served with integrity, independence and a commitment to excellence.”
Faber, a Certified Public Accountant and Penn State University graduate, served as Chief Clerk of the Senate from June 1981 to May 1986, and again from February 1993 to present. From 1989 to 1993 Faber served as the Executive Director of the House Bipartisan Management Committee.
“Russ has earned a well-established reputation of bipartisanship respect,” Scarnati said. “His work with members of the Senate from both sides of the aisle has helped to create a more open and transparent Chamber. His vast knowledge of the legislative process and institutional policies will be greatly missed.”
“Working as Chief Clerk of the Senate has been an extremely rewarding part of my career serving the Commonwealth,” Faber stated. “My feelings for the State Senate as an institution are indeed positive and the decision to retire was most difficult because of the respect I have for the “people” of the Senate. I will sincerely miss my daily work with Members of both Caucuses and their dedicated staffs.”
As an elected officer of the Senate, the Chief Clerk is responsible for all business functions of the Senate. In addition, the Chief Clerk acts as the Open Records Officer under the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know law and serves as Secretary of the Senate Committee on Management Operations.
The Senate Chief Clerk is also integral to the process of Senate Session and oversees a staff of approximately 70 Senate employees, including those in the Chief Clerk’s Office, Accounting Operations, Benefits Administration, Facilities Management, Senate Mail Room and Commonwealth Mail Processing Center.
Scarnati said the Senate will begin conducting a formal search for the individual to fill the vacancy created by Faber’s retirement. A search committee will be established to examine qualified candidates for the position of Chief Clerk of the Senate.
“We expect to consider applicants from both within and outside of the Senate,” Scarnati stated. “It is important that the Chief Clerk of the Senate has extensive knowledge of business practices and the fiscal issues facing Pennsylvania, as well as a strong background in management.”
Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter to:
The Honorable Joseph B. Scarnati
Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore
Senate Box 203025
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Drew Crompton (717) 787-7084