|Roseann Constantine and Judge Emil Giordano|
On Monday, Roseann was in Naturalization Court, busily getting everything together for 21 people who would soon be awarded U.S. citizenship. That's just one of her many jobs, though it is probably the most rewarding.
When Judge Giordano came out to the bench, the first thing he did was to recognize Roseann, in front of everyone, for her many years of dedicated service. "I don't know what we're going to do without her," he lamented.
What's sad is that Northampton County is losing a lot of institutional knowledge that will take years to replace. The people who are leaving don't want to, but feel they have no choice.
The latest blow is the loss of the one person who weathered all the storms in Northampton County government from the beginning of Home Rule. Frank Flisser, the one person who both Republicans and Democrats could trust, is retiring as County Council Clerk at the end of the year. If anyone is irreplaceable, it is Frank.
If John Brown truly thinks the County's employees are its most valuable asset, he needs to ask himself why all those who can leave are leaving.