There have been several contracts recently awarded to lawyers. The Independent Candidates suggested that the county could cut the spending on legal fees in half by creating a legal department. However, Lou Magazzu would not be able to reward his political friends with legal services contracts.
WHEREAS, the County of Cumberland Purchasing Department properly advertised seeking “fair and open” proposals to furnish and deliver professional services for legal counsel services for the Cumberland County Agriculture Development Board in accordance with N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4 et seq.
Brendan Kavanaugh already serves as county counsel. So why are we duplicating services that Kavanaugh is surely able to perform? What is he getting paid for?
Another curious expenditure is another contract to Beth Lincow Cole at $145/hour for “for furnishing and delivering professional services for providing harassment investigation services for the County of Cumberland in accordance with N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4 et seq.”
But the clincher is yet even more money dumped into Jim Florio’s lap. Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader; Woodbury, NJ were awarded $125.00/hour for professional services, in an open-ended bid, and that “the resolution authorize the award of contract for “Professional Services” without competitive bids”.
How much is this going to cost taxpayers? How long is the county going to continue spending millions annually when the expense can readily be cut in half with the creation of a county legal department?