Blogger's Note: Willie Reynolds is the latest in a long line of Democrats who've controlled Bethlehem for the past quarter-century. Republican John Kachmar thinks the Christmas City needs a housecleaning. My brother, who lives in Bethlehem, agrees. He's my polar opposite. I'm a Democrat, while he's a Republican. He makes a compelling case for Kachmar, a combat veteran of Vietnam and Lehigh County's former administrator.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
My Brother on Why Bethlehem Needs New Leaders
An Example of why we need new leadership in Bethlehem
In January 2018, Bob Donchez, the current mayor of Bethlehem hired Eric Evans as Bethlehem’s business administrator. Mr. Evans at the time was an elected member of city council and a middle school teacher. He resigned his teaching and elected position to assume his new duties. His current salary is $111,459*.
In 2019 the Bethlehem Director of Recreation retired from her position with the city.
Jodi Evans, wife of Eric Evans, was selected from a field of about 100 candidates for the new job in April, 2019. Mr. Donchez went out his way to assure us that there was nothing unusual about her hiring. Out of 100 candidates, we were publicly assured that there was nothing wrong with the hiring process. Really?
All we heard was silence from city council. Crickets.
Mrs. Evans’ starting salary was $65000 as she resigned her position as a teacher to assume her new duties.
The 2021 Bethlehem city budget shows that the Director of Recreation, Jodi Evans, went from a 2020 salary of $69000 to $77000* in 2021. That’s a $7000 increase in the middle of a pandemic when all the parks were forcibly closed!
In two years her salary has jumped from $65000 to $77000. In that same two years your city taxes have gone up even as you have struggled to make ends meet during the pandemic.
This is the picture of nepotism and institutional corruption, and a perfect example of why we need new leadership in Bethlehem.
“In some States Mr. Evans would be charged with a crime before a Court of Law. If you engage in openly hiring your wife for a city job, what are you doing behind closed doors?” John Kachmar
Vote for John Kachmar for Mayor on November 2
*Budget information available on the City of Bethlehem website