The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 25, 2013

Interest in the people we serve

I find it disconcerting that we are the only county in Pennsylvania where this drastic step is being taken. The two commissioners that are championing this change put the county in precarious positions without conducting full analysis and understanding of the long-term ramifications of their actions.

Those two people campaigned on making this their fill-time position and now have changed their role as commissioners to part-time status. Without completing a thorough workflow analysis of the other offices affected, they have to be assuming that all public officials are part-time. This seems to be impulsive at best.

The potential negative long-term effects of this change are something that deserve to be evaluated and fully considered. Such as the legal ramifications that will again take time away from these positions as well as possibly cost the taxpayers real dollars.

This action is certainly not fair to the candidates running now and have dollars invested in their campaigns this year. As far as the Row Offices that do not take effect until 2016, I say anything could happen in two years.

For myself, I would have to weigh the full-time responsibility of managing $25 million and verifying more than $89 million in deposits is worth the risk and time for the compensation allowed.

With regard to this nonsense we have been reading about Row Officers not showing up to work, well they have to come to work to see that these people are here working.

Finally, I feel this is a political ploy to get back at one commissioner who does not agree with the other two. All the campaigns were about the people and these disagreements among the commissioners, and making retaliatory decisions is truly not in the best interest of the people we serve.

Kevin P. Gilroy, Northumberland County Treasurer

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