|Ross Marcus in the peanut gallery|
Under this waiver, CACLV agrees that Marcus will have any role in the negotiation of any contracts over the next year. In addition, CACLV warrants that Marcus played no role in the negotiation of any of its current contracts with Northampton County.
This revolving door ordinance, codified in the Administrative Code, is designed to prevent County employees from negotiating big contracts with a major vendor, and then going to work for them. It has happened. Many years ago, a fiscal officer convinced the County to switch pension advisers, after which he went to work for them. Similarly, a former public works director resigned for a job with an engineering firm that he recommended repeatedly for County work. The danger here is that the public employee will subordinate the best interests of the County to his own pecuniary interest.
In the case of CACLV, the area's major poverty fighting organization, contracts for County services existed long before Marcus worked there. He has previously worked in community (not economic) development in Allentown and as Executive Director of AIDSNET, a HIV coalition.
His temporary replacement is John Mehler, who's doing double duty as the Director of the Area Agency on Aging. Marcus has continued working for the County, without salary, guiding several initiatives through County Council last night.
At last night's meeting of Northampton County Council, the Chair of the Gracedale Advisory Board thanked Marcus for his service to the county-owned nursing home.