As reported in the Press of Atlantic City this morning:
The Cumberland County Improvement Authority voted Tuesday to void his contract, removing any contractual protections and paving the way for a prolonged legal fight and Wymbs’ potential ouster.
This website has reported on numerous occasions Louis Magazzu’s tactic of appointing his own people onto different boards of directors in order to sneak in his own agenda. It is no secret that Steve Wymbs, the very capable director of The CCIA has rejected Lou’s moves to syphon CCIA funds for Lou’s own pet county projects. The county has doubled spending under Lou’s tenure, and he is always looking for other ways to increase the kitty. Dan Walsh reports on this theory.
Veight, Miller and Nedohon are viewed by their critics as aligned to Freeholder Director Lou Magazzu, who orchestrated their appointments, beginning in 2007, a year after he failed to take over the CCIA’s operations, a move Wymbs opposed. Some believe Magazzu now is trying to take Wymbs out as payback.
This was echoed by Independent candidate for freeholder, Bruce Peterson:
“You do as he wishes, or he will destroy you,” said Upper Deerfield Mayor Bruce Peterson, a former freeholder deputy director and liaison to the CCIA who is running for freeholder as an independent. “I don’t think they’re going to stop until they get (Wymbs) out of there.”
Lou lies and claims that Steve Wymbs contract is unique. It is certainly not unique, and Wymbs can certainly be replaced if he at some point does not fulfil his duties. This is unlike Lou Magazzu, with which we are stuck with for the entire term of his election even though he has allowed Cumberland County to slip into first place with unemployment, teen pregnancy and a plethora of other dishonorable mentions.
The appointments to the CCIA board are just one more example of the quid-pro-quo that occurs in Cumberland County under Lou Magazzu. Bruce Peterson goes further, claiming that Veight should resign from the board for ethics reasons:
Peterson said Veight should resign because the CCIA is an autonomous board and Veight is “beholden to the freeholders” by virtue of a county government job he obtained after his CCIA appointment. He said the Wymbs contract dispute is another Magazzu play for control of the CCIA.