This, too, was emailed to us this afternoon:
Cumberland County Republican Freeholder candidates Rick Tonetta, Tom Sheppard, and Sam Fiocchi have taken issue with Freeholder-Director Lou Magazzu’s apparent power grab at the Cumberland County Improvement Authority (the “CCIA.)”
Of all the assets of Cumberland County, the CCIA is one of the crown jewels. It runs the County Landfill providing a needed service to the county with the lowest cost to its users (us) in the State. It has returned millions of dollars to county redevelopment and economic development projects. It has even turned over millions of dollars to the county to help bail out the county when the Board of Freeholders were desperate for money.
Steve Wymbs, the Director of the CCIA, has done a fine job in running the day to day operations. No one seems to dispute that. No specific criticisms of his performance have been raised. Yet despite the apparently universal agreement that he is doing a good job running the CCIA Steve Wymbs is being treated in an unbelievable rude and disrespectful manner. He has apparently expressed his willingness to renegotiate the portions of his employment contract that the current Board is concerned with but he has been ignored. Instead of working with him CCIA Board is setting him up to be forced out. The way he has been treated is just wrong.
Candidate Tom Sheppard said, “It seems apparent to everyone concerned that the action of the CCIA Board, spearheaded by the three newest members (one of whom, Joe Veight, is actually a new county hire as well) are doing the bidding of Freeholder Director Lou Magazzu. Magazzu’s political scheme is to stack the CCIA Board with members who will do his bidding. Mr. Wymbs has had the audacity to defy Lou Magazzu in the past so he has to go.”
Candidate Rick Tonetta added that, “ In his rush to remove Steve Wymbs, Freeholder Magazzu has actually managed to produce a CCIA Board with NO members from Vineland and only one from Millville. While no particular representation from the various county communities is required, since Vineland alone contributes over 40% of the taxes paid to the county and Vineland and Millville represent the majority of the county population, it is only common sense to include board members from those cities. It seems that in the rush to take control of the board Lou Magazzu has thrown caution to the wind. As a Vineland resident, I am appalled. As a county resident, I recognize the total inequity.”
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” says candidate Sam Fiocchi. “The CCIA is not broken. It is working just fine, is fiscally sound and presents great benefits to our County. We should be figuring out ways to keep Mr. Wymbs rather than chasing him away.”
The Republican Candidates all agree that it is only because the current Freeholder Board of SEVEN Democrats and ZERO Republicans goes along, without protest, that Lou Magazzu’s take over plan for the CCIA is working. A 7-0 Board is not good for Cumberland County. A 7-0 Board being directed by Lou Magazzu is worse. Say no to Lou Magazzu. Say no to the Democrat candidates for Freeholder. Say no to 7-0.