Lou is hiring an executive at a very greedy rate of $80,000 a year:
Cumberland County freeholders are expected Thursday night to appoint a former Cape May County community college dean as the county’s new personnel director.
Dr. Joseph Rossi, of Mays Landing, is slated to take the place of retiring personnel director Ralph Brownlee, according to a resolution drawn up in advance of Thursday night’s county freeholder meeting.
What’s wrong with this picture? On January 17 of this year The News reported that Lou announced his choice for county clerk was going to take a paycut:
Freeholder Director Lou Magazzu said that he was “delighted” in this commitment. “In a time when the economy continues to be unstable, any assistance in working toward a county budget that will provide for a property tax decrease is greatly appreciated,” he said. In addition, the county deputy surrogate agreed to a $2,435 pay cut, the county undersheriff agreed to a $21,076 pay cut and the chief of the county sheriff’s office agreed to a $17,770 pay cut.
So my question is this. If a position as important as sheriff will go to the lowest bidder rather than the most qualified, putting public safety at risk, how is a personnel director worth a higher salary? Why does this person that does not even reside in Cumberland County get appointed to a job that pays almost double the county’s median income when the county budget according to Lou is a mess?
According to Lou Magazzu any salary over $75,000 a year is “greedy” and yet he continues to hire and appoint people at these obscene salaries.
Another question, was there not one person in Cumberland County that was qualified and experienced for this position? If he is most qualified, so be it. However, I am a firm believer that Cumberland County money should stay in the county whenever possible.
Lou Magazzu obviously thinks Cumberland County money should go to outsiders whenever possible. One need only look at the tremendous amounts of Cumberland County money going towards political operatives and supporters from Camden and Gloucester counties and now to Atlantic County.