Shoch: Job cuts were vindictive

SUNBURY — Last year’s job cuts within Northumberland County are still an issue for debate. Commissioner Richard Shoch says he was against cuts in the prothonotary’s office.

“In my opinion it was done for vindictive purposes,” he said. “There was no discussion of cuts being made to the prothonotary’s office until there was a letter that came from an employee from the prothonotary’s office complaining about some things.  Then suddenly the next day Mr. Clausi was talking about making cuts…I think he feels he is giving some sort of payback to the people in that office, but what he doesn’t realize is that he’s hurting the public.  He’s hurting the county.”

Jayme, a former worker in the prothonotary’s office said, “Not all county employees are making $60,000 to $70,000 a year.  The people that were cut were making some $20,000 a year.  They make the least amount of pay, yet they are the ones being cut.  I think they need to cut on the bigger end of the budget.”

Vice Chairman Steven Bridy said the cuts were not vindictive.  “It’s the most difficult thing we do.  However, when we did entered office, my initial financial calculations showed a $1.9-million deficit.  I thought, we’re not going to make it through the end of November.  We wouldn’t have made it through October 10.  Those cuts, unfortunately, were necessary,” he said.

Shoch was a guest on Thursday’s On The Mark program.  You can hear more comments from him and his fellow commissioners online at www.wkok.com.  (Codi Jade)

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