Today’s headlines read of another 200-layoffs, and I am sure that our freeholders are patting themselves on the backs that the folks on the bottom rungs of the ladder will be in the unemployment line, while the highly paid political lackeys and double-dippers such as Matlock get to keep their positions. Never mind that Matlock’s shenanigans have cost taxpayers ton’s of money; and in a gift that will keep on giving, the county is facing four federal EEOC complaints that are directly attributed to Matlock’s behavior. (I understand there are county level shenanigans concerning the illegal withholding of discovery to the attorneys representing the plaintiffs in the lawsuits against Matlock. This goes WAY up the ladder. I don’t see the freeholder Director, however, taking any action.)
How did this one slip by the local media? The 9-1-1 supervisors we’re given a 5% raise last month even though they’re not union, and not under any contractual agreement to do so. So now, we will be laying off 200 workers due to a financial crisis in the county. The unionized workers have had to forfeit pay increases, take mandatory furloughs, and make other sacrifices while others get raises? How did this happen?
My sources gave me the inside story. Matlock screwed up by promoting one of his dispatchers to a supervisor level, even though said employee lacked the necessary qualifications for this position. This is blatant favoritism, and part of the entire culture that has led to the plethora of discrimination and harassment lawsuits. Since this employee received a union-contracted pay increase in 2010, he made more money than some of the supervisors. Matlock had to match the other supervisors’ pay scale with his.
It is nice to see that some departments are taking this recession and the budgetary crisis seriously.