During a six-minute reorganization meeting yesterday afternoon, Lori Vargo-Heffner was elected President of Northampton County Council in 2022. She received votes from all eight of her colleagues, both Democrat and Republican. She abstained from voting for herself. A Council President receives an extra $500, so it would be a conflict of interest for her to vote for herself.
Council voted unanimously for Kerry Myers as Council VP.
Finally, Council voted to retain Chris Spadoni as their Consigliere.
Northampton County Council is a nine-member board consisting of five Democrats (Lori Vargo-Heffner, Kerry Myers, Ron Heckman, Kevin Lott and Tara Zrinski) as well as four Republicans (John Cusick, John Brown, Tom Giovanni and John Goffredo).
Northampton County Council has beefed up its contingency fund (over the veto of Executive Lamont McClure) with plans to fund a much needed salary study, a third-party independent review of Gracedale and a review of the county's IT services.
At Gracedale, there are two very different narratives about the quality of care and employee morale. It's also quite clear that there's widespread resentment over meager salaries as well as salary compression. Finally, the IT services being supplied to the county are woefully substandard. In addition, Council needs to consider a Home Rule Charter overhaul.