Nice editorial by Frab Reilly in the Daily Journal about Bob Austino’s “unilateral decision” to give himself a $32,500 pay raise.
When Bob Austino ran for sheriff four years ago, he absolutely pledged — honest-to-goodness politically promised us all — that, if elected, he would happily serve for a “mere” $75,000 salary. His opponent, the incumbent, was then earning a state-mandated salary about $20,000 higher than Austino’s gracious offer. This, Austino said, was an outrage, unconscionable, an offense against the sensibilities, not to mention the pocketbooks, of his fellow Cumberland County taxpayers.
As freeholders are looking for ways to cut spending, Austino thumbs his nose at the struggling citizens, suddenly having a change of heart, and deciding, what the hell, I will rob the struggling citizens blind out of pure greed…
Candidate Austino was especially contrite: “People are struggling to pay their heating bills,” he bleated, “and to take a hundred thousand dollars of their money is just the wrong thing to do.”
Sp here we have it. Sheriff Bob Austino says clear and plain that he thinks to take this extra money is wrong. But he is willing to do wrong – and we still trust this clown to run the highest law enforcement office in the county? He needs to be run out of town on the rails, and ANYBODY that supported him MUST be held accountable for their silence during this escapade, also.