Donetta M. D’Innocenzo was unanimously confirmed today as the Chief Clerk for the Pennsylvania State Senate. D’Innocenzo is the first woman to be sworn-in as Chief Clerk of the Pennsylvania State Senate, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).
As an elected officer of the Senate, the Chief Clerk is responsible for all financial 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 also 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.
“I feel confident that Donetta D’Innocenzo will be an outstanding addition to the Chamber and provide excellent management as Chief Clerk of the Senate,” Scarnati said. “She has high standards and strong principals that will aid her well in this role. During the last three months that she has served as Acting Senate Chief Clerk, Donetta has already demonstrated that she is independent, approachable and motivated.”
Scarnati said the Senate conducted a rigorous three-month search for the individual to fill this vital position, and interviewed numerous qualified candidates. “Donetta D’Innocenzo stood out because of her previous experience serving as Acting Chief Clerk of the Senate, strong business management skills and her extensive resume that demonstrates a wide range of knowledge and experience with state government.”
“I am humbled to have been confirmed by the full Senate and thank the members for their vote of confidence,” D’Innocenzo said. “I look forward to serving as Chief Clerk and continuing the policy of openness and cooperation that the Senate leaders have established.”
For nearly 30 years Ms. D’Innocenzo has worked in state government and government relations. Ms. D’Innocenzo received her Bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University and currently serves as a member of the Shippensburg University Alumni Board.
“I know that Donetta will serve the Senate with integrity and provide strong fiscal guidance for the Chamber,” Scarnati stated. “I look forward to working with her as we continue to make this an open and bipartisan institution.”
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