If there is one office that really detests Northampton County exec John Stoffa, it is the Sheriff's Department. He stopped the previous practice of allowing deputies to drive county cruisers home every night. Their union contract ended up in arbitration.
Last night, the arbitrators' award was approved unanimously by Northampton County Council. VP Wayne Grube, who is well aware of the hard feelings on both sides, had this to say.
"I sure hope that we throw aside our differences. . . . I hope we can get together and work for the goodness of Northampton County. As far as the Sheriff's Department is concerned, the Sheriff's Department is very important to Northampton County. I hope that we pass this tonight, go forward, so that the administration, sheriff's department and sheriff's deputies are now working as one."