Thursday, July 23, 2009

Robert Myers New Corrections Director in Northampton County

With no discussion, Northampton County Council has just unanimously approved the appointment of Robert J. Myers as the new Supervisor of Corrections. His starting salary will be $77,307.

During yesterday's personnel committee meeting, Meyers shared his vision for corrections in Northampton County, and it's one aimed at reducing recidivism. He started as a corrections officer in 1980.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did he get a letter from Stoffa allowing him to go back to his career service job when he wants to?

Prêtre Fâché dans la Formation said...

Who left, thus creating this opening that was filled by Mr. Myers?

And what happen to Bill Sweeney and Todd Buskirk since they were suspended?

Bob's a good guy. I wish him well. Bill and Todd are good guys, too. I remember all of them when I interned in the prision way back when!

Peace, ~~Alex

Bernie O'Hare said...

Anon 7:48,

I do not know. I do know that is the advice Jerry Seyfried gave him at the personnel committee, and myers indicated then that he would take it. I did not speak to anyone in the admin but they were nodding their heads when jerry spoke as though this was no problem for them. So I think Myers got that letter today.

Fr. Alex,

So far as I know, the position has been open for some time.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully we will find out for sure if he has a get back your job free card. That should really be disallowed.
So if he does a terrible job as Director he can go back and continue to do a terrible job in protected career service.

If you take a cabinet job you should not have some bs get your old job back card.

Where is Angle and his rant on the "real world" in the private sector.

Bernie O'Hare said...

This is the real world. This was written into the career service regulations bc of abuses that occurred in the private sector, where union workers would be "promoted" so they could be fired.

Permitting this practice enables an exec to appoint someone from the career services ranks to a position usually reserved for political hacks. I'm sure Mr. Myers, a professional, does not want to e subjected to the whims of assholes who want him to give $ to campaigns or become a member of this or that party. And Stoffa would prefer someone who can do the job.

This protection enables both the exec and career service employee to get what they want. We, the taxpayers, benefit. You, the political hack, can whine.

Anonymous said...

Why does the Corrections Director make more than the Executive and the Controller?

Bernie O'Hare said...

The Exec and Controller are elected officials and their salaries are much lower than they should be. Just about every cabinet official is paid more.

Anonymous said...

So by your reasoning the other Cabinet heads who were not long time career service folks are incompetent political hacks, interesting.

Let me guess, not in the case of the Stoffa posse.

It is still wrong. It continues to perpetuate the bland bureacratic mindset that lifetime civil servents adopt.

Either jump in the game or stay in your safe anonymous world like the rest of us anonymous folk.

Bernie O'Hare said...

If it were up to me, I'd professionalize as much of the county as possible and eliminate all the patronage jobs designed to provide homes to losers like you.

Anonymous said...

We could save a lot of money if everyone's salaries were adjusted in relation to the Controller's and executive's salaries, a lot of money. FIrst rule is that no one can make more than the Executive. McClure is on that. Resolution time.

Bernie O'Hare said...

lthough it might be politically popular, that kind of rule would guarantee mediocrity. It would invite the hacks that Stoffa has successfully eluded.

Anonymous said...

This is the most mediocre cabinet the County ever had. Might as well start now.

Anonymous said...

I'm not against giving Council real salaries too. It might attract some competent professional experienced educated people interested in giving the County their talents in exchange for "real" extra income.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it would also attract some competent Executives.

Anonymous said...

What is Myers educational background?

Bernie O'Hare said...

Myers graduated cum laude in 1978 from Indiana University of Pa with a BA in Criminal Justice. He has been empolyed at the county jail since 1980.