Last week, I filed a Right-to-Know request with Northampton County seeking expense reports by cabinet level officials, Executive John Brown and Council members. I've also asked for all credit card purchases made by HR Director Amy Trapp and the amount of money she has spent on her office. RTK Officer Daniel O'Donnell, Esq., filed a timely reply, granting my request, although he is redacting home addresses. It comes out to slightly more than 500 pages, and yes, this will cost me $125.25.
As I pointed out to O'Donnell, elected officials have no privacy rights in their home addresses. Those have to be a matter of public record because that is directly relevant to whether an elected official is qualified to hold office. In fact, I have these home addresses. But I have no interest in stalking Ken Kraft, much as he would like it. I am interested in seeing how government officials, elected or not, spend the public's money.
Though Council members occasionally attend County Commissioner meetings, those are hardly junkets at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas or a trip to New Orleans. They are where you go if you have insomnia. I expect to see no surprises there.
But I have already been shocked by what is going on at the Human Resources Department. I'll have many more details next week.