The News of Cumberland County ran an editorial that was right on track (you gotta give kudos when they are due).
Manor clerk Teresa Brown offered an insider’s look at the Manor and reflected on what the future may hold now that the place is officially up for sale.
Brown spoke of some of the absurdity she sees on a daily basis.
For example, we didn’t know that Manor patients requiring dental care have to be transported to Bergen County because no one locally takes Medicaid. Imagine the amazing waste of staff and fuel to shuttle patients back and forth. No wonder the Manor has fiscal problems.
There has to be a better way to provide efficient, quality care, and we are sure some creative soul out there could find a dentist closer to home.
She also spoke of seeing a rack freshly-pressed suits being delivered from Cook’s Cleaners to the prosecutor’s office, which maintains an office on the ground floor at the Manor. “They can’t even get their own suits cleaned,” she exclaimed.
The News goes on to ask county employees to call Matt Gray personally:
Well, we are very receptive to your suggestions, so drop us an email at email@example.com or call 451-1000, ext. 459. You don’t even have to leave your name if you fear for your job. Just give us enough detail so that we can investigate your suggestion.
I find it interesting that Mr. Gray acknowledges the culture of fear in the county, that county employees would actually fear for their jobs were they to push for accountability in their department. I will attest that MWatch has several fans that were former public employees, fired or harassed until they resigned simply for doing their jobs. I hope The News runs with this story, and helps accomplish what this site has been advocating for years – ethical behavior and accountability in local government.