Jane Christy wrote this letter in support of Steve Wymbs – the man in charge of a coffer of money that Lou Magazzu wants to pilfer. i don’t know if Steve is as much of the saint that Jane paints him as, but he is certainly an able and qualified director. He has shown responsibility in running the most efficient improvement authority in the state. He shines, and that is another reason Lou hates him. Lou cannot stand anyone that displays excellence.
I find the references to Leadership Cumberland County amusing, as Lou is one of only two people to fail to graduate. Lou signed up, and promised to abide by the rules of the prgram, and then in typical fashion decided that he was above the rules. The rule he couldn’t keep? Showing up. Yep, just showing up. Thankfully they stuck by their guns and failed him.
Cumberland County needs Steve Wymbs
by The News of Cumberland CountyMonday August 24, 2009, 4:40 PM
To the Editor:
Cumberland County Improvement Authority is undergoing a transition, and it may not be for the better. This is a letter of encouragement and support of Steven Wymbs, CCIA’s executive director.
Mr. Wymbs needs our help because his job is in jeopardy; his contract was deemed “Null and Void” at a recent CCIA meeting.
For the past six years I have witnessed Freeholder Louis Magazzu openly criticize Mr. Wymbs and CCIA’s operation. Several times he created roadblocks in its operations and has most recently maneuvered the appointments to this board, resulting in a board majority that answers directly to Mr. Magazzu.
Mr. Wymbs has effectively solved critical problems for us. He preserved the former Millville National Bank, a landmark that became the cornerstone for Millville’s downtown revitalization. This improvement set the tone for Millville’s successful Arts District.
He was an invaluable member of committees that worked to repair and preserve the famed Holly Murals and the Governor Stokes Mausoleum. This work would not have been successful without Mr. Wymbs’ direct involvement.
Under Mr. Wymbs’ leadership, the CCIA sponsored the “More to Offer” tourism campaign, which the CCIA’s Magazzu-controlled board voted to cut this year. In comparison, and in a down economic market, all of our surrounding counties either continued their tourism campaigns or initiated one where one had not existed before.
With Mr. Wymbs at the CCIA helm, many local civic-minded groups have benefited by his sponsorships, not to mention the thousands of individuals who have benefited by the CCIA’s many Environmental Enhancement Grants each year.
The County Leadership Program, which was developed by Jill Lombardo-Melchiore to ensure a continuous source of strong leadership in our community, is sponsored by the CCIA. To date, 200 existing leaders have come through the program.
Another is the Master Gardeners’ Program. Mr. Wymbs’ CCIA sponsors Cumberland County’s Master Gardeners’ program and its Expo that is held at WheatonArts during May each year. Sixty certified master gardeners have completed the five-month program during the past four years.
Cumberland County needs Steven Wymbs to continue building and maintaining our communities. His continuation with CCIA as its executive director should be an essential concern of anyone committed to improving our county.
Jane Y. Christy
Independent Leader Candidate for Freeholder
Certified Master Gardener, 2008
Cumberland CountyLeadership Graduate, 2009