Freeholder Director Barbara McMorrow started her term as Director in January with a declaration that the era of partisan government was over. She must have been referring to the previous year when Republican Lillian Burry was Director.
The Asbury Park Press is reporting that McMorrow will go along with Deputy D'Amico and Amy Mallet in appointing Mallet's running mate for Freeholder, Glenn Mason, as the county's Emergency Management Coordinator. Mason, who is collecting a police pension, will leap frog acting OEM Director Gary McTighe, who has been performing the job with acclaimed results since 2007 when Harry Conover was busted for stealing 7.8 gallons of gasoline. Mason will earn over $90,000. McTighe will remain on the job.
Potentially more expensive than appointing Mason to a vacant job, is McMorrow's decision to go along with replacing Mark Acker, Monmouth's Chief Financial Officer for 25 years. I guess a AAA bond rating for years was not good enough to save his job.
D'Amico said that Acker who makes $175,000, and Lynn Miller, head of Human Services who makes $125,000, will be replaced by promoting from within their departments. The new directors will earn less. D'Amico didn't say why he sought cost savings from these jobs, while forsaking a $2.5 million savings by closing the Youth Detention Center.
Not reported by the APP, but widely talked about in county circles; Mike Mangan, Director of the Monmouth Democrats, is also up for a $90K+ job and McMorrow's husband is seeking a judgeship.
State Democratic Chairman Joe Cryan issued a statement that he supports McMorrow's re-election bid. No word on Cryan supporting Freeholders from other counties. The timing is purely coincidental.