Disturbing news in the Daily Journal this morning. I was hoping that with a new party in the majority rule, that this sort of nonsense would cease; but it was announced that upon Dave Mulford’s retirement, T. Joseph Pontani from Cherry Hill, Camden County would be hired as County Purchasing Agent at a salary of $72,000.
T. Joseph Pontani of Cherry Hill was appointed to serve as purchasing agent for three years, starting Nov. 28. He replaces Dave Mulford, who plans to retire, effective Dec. 31, according to County Administrator Ken Mecouch.Pontani’s annual salary will be $72,000.
His resume includes a stint at the ethically challenged University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. A good thing – I have not found any history of political contributions in his name. But it is still a shame that $72,000 every year for three years will be taken out of this county and spent in Camden! Are the freeholders trying to tell me that in a county with the HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT rate in the state, that they have to hire somebody from Norcross territory? Cumberland County doesn’t have even ONE qualified purchasing agent?