In their zeal to clean house in Freehold and sell papers the Asbury Park Press has once again gone too far. Their treatment of Acting Deputy Administrator Terri O'Connor's rapid rise up the ladder and pay scale is just off base.
O'Connor's assent was caused by the retirement of County Administrator and the untimely death of the Deputy Administrator. She is now doing two jobs, and doing them for a lot less money than Lou and Kate were. She shouldn't be compensated at the same level she was before taking on her new responsibilities. She would be foolish if she did.
I'm a fan of the Asbury Park Press. I think overall they do a great job holding the county's feet to the fire and exposing excesses. When they go overboard, as they did last year with their stories on county legal fees, i.e. using pre-reform numbers to criticize reforms, and with the O'Connor stories, they damage there own credibility as well as the important service they provide to their customers.