The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 2, 2013

Bell rings for Round 2 in Northumberland County salary dispute


Despite the efforts of several row officers and numerous members of the public, Clausi and Bridy voted in favor of the reductions.

Row officers, in some cases, took 48 percent wage cuts and all elected officials were told they would now be paying 50 percent of the cost of their medical benefits.

The salary of the controller was not cut.

Elected officials who claim three dependents will now have to contribute up to $10,500 annually in health care premiums. Commissioners also reduced their own salaries by nearly 50 percent.

One of the main speakers was Northumberland County Coroner Jim Kelley, who used his three-minute allotted time and refused to stop.

Kelley said the county is now the laughing stock of the state and his position causes him to leave his house at any time of the day or night.

“We are not career politicians,” Kelley said to Bridy. “We have a career in government. We serve the people of this county. What frustrates you two (Clausi and Bridy) is that we don’t serve you.”

The coroner’s salary was cut from $53,834 to $30,500.

Recorder of Deeds Mary Zimmerman took to the podium to address the commissioners about how much she works.

“I’ll show you my time card, Mr. Bridy, if you show me yours,” she said.

Zimmerman’s salary was cut from $57,396 to $31,000

One after another, residents spoke against the cuts to thunderous applause from audience members.

The prothonotary, recorder of deeds, sheriff and treasurer salaries were set at $31,000. The prothonotary and recorder of deeds jobs did pay $57,396 while the treasurer, coroner and sheriff’s office were all paid $53,834 prior to the vote. The controller’s office salary will remain at $56,676.

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