The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 12, 2013

Northumberland County explores reductions in row officers' pay

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — Research conducted by Northumberland County Commissioner Steve Bridy, who with colleague Vinny Clausi seek to drastically cut salaries of row officers in 2016, has shown that annual earnings could be lowered beyond the $18,000 previously thought.

Pennsylvania law in 1980 set for salaries for row officers and commissioners, Bridy learned, and shows the county coroner pay could be reduced to $11,000 and the sheriff’s earnings to $16,000. Each today are paid $53,834.

Cutting commissioners’ and row officers’ salaries to the miniumum would save the county $2.4 million over four years, said Bridy and Clausi, who last week voted in favor of studying what needed to be done to lower salaries and eliminate health benefits for elected positions.

“We need to end the career politicians,” Bridy said. “We need to stop having people run for office and end up staying in office because of the pay check and not doing their job. After two terms I find that people are out of fresh ideas anyway.”