The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 6, 2013

Candidate says salary cut won't stop him

By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item

SUNBURY —  When Justin Dunkleberger and Meg Bartos entered Northumberland County prothonotary race, they expected a salary of nearly $58,000.

Now the winner will receive $31,000 and will have to pay a huge chunk of cash for medical benefits.

That’s not a deterrent to Dunkelberger, who said Friday that he’s still “100 percent,” committed to running for the job, despite the salary cut.

Meanwhile, calls to Bartos were not returned.

Dunkelberger said that prior to deciding to run for the position, “there were hints that something like this might someday happen. But rather than speculate, I chose to stay focused on what needs to be done in the office, and believe everything else will take care of itself.”

He was in attendance at Wednesday night’s special session of the Northumberland County commissioners, where a 2-1 vote sealed the deal for reduced wages for most of the row officers in the county.

The decision to cut pay more than 40 percent was made by Commissioners Vinny Clausi and Steve Bridy. Commissioner Rick Shoch opposed the cuts

Commissioners in neighboring Snyder, Union and Montour counties said they weren’t going to follow suit.

“We believe we need to treat people what they’re worth,” said Union County Commissioner Preston Boop. “We want professionals to work and serve the citizens of Union County. It’s fair pay for fair work.”

“I understand it’s a drastic pay cut,” Dunkelberger said. “But I’m still excited. I’m still excited to be running for the office.”