Kelley confirms Northumberland County salary suit

SUNBURY — While the Northumberland County Commissioners voted to slash row officers salaries earlier this month, those affected are fighting back.  Coroner James Kelley was a guest on WKOK’s On The Mark to talk about reelection and was asked about plans to sue the county.

“We are proceeding with the lawsuit, which I really can’t get into the detail, because of the pending litigation… But we believe that the law states when you deal with the salaries of the row offices it has to be equal across the board, and it wasn’t done in an equal way with all the offices.” Unlike his fellow row officers, the county controller did not receive a pay cut.

Kelley said, “I think one of the biggest  mistakes the commissioners made was not having us in to sit down and speak with them, that we could actually explain to them what our office entails in regards to the budget and why we need certain things within our budget.  Right now I have a bare bones budget to begin with.  We slashed about as much as we can.  I don’t know what else we could cut.”

Kelley is set to have the smallest pay.  They are taking 43% of his originally $53,000 a year salary, and he’ll have to pay half of his benefits.   Kelley was a guest on WKOK’s On The Mark program.  You can download that program here.  (Codi Jade)

Northumberland county coroner James Kelley