Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Vargo-Heffner To Lead NorCo Council in 2022

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.

 

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bit surprised. I have heard she can be mean and hold personal grudges. She has already alienated a county councilmember and a former candidate. Got into a personal feud with the courts and the DA. With new people on council, she may not have been th best choice. Too bossy!

Anonymous said...

Tara Zrinski must be in shock. She has been running around telling people she should be President because she had the most votes in the general election.

Anonymous said...

OMG

Anonymous said...

6 minute meeting LOL so it was all planned in advance I guess the fix was in. Kerry Myers would have been a better choice!

Anonymous said...

What's the back-story on this one Bernie? You've written often about her shortcomings, how did she manage to wrangle a unanimous vote?

Anonymous said...

Heffer Hates Tara and would not stand for tara in any position of authority

Anonymous said...

Worse than Biden?

Anonymous said...

Someone should ask if there were more than 4 council members that met sometime before this decision at Braveheart Pub in Hellertown....it’s against Sunshine Act and in Hefner’s back yard.....and it has happened before.

Bernie O'Hare said...

There is little doubt in my mind that Vargo-Heffner got the five votes she needed before the meeting took place. This is not really a Sunshine Act violation unless you can prove that five or more met behind closed doors. I seriously doubt that was needed when all she had to do was pick up the phone and solicit votes.

Anonymous said...

Hefner is known to have a very high opinion of herself. Her ego is said to write the checks her ability cannot cash. She has been heard to say should run for Executive.

Anonymous said...

4:14PM is Robert Werner, hi bob

Anonymous said...

Her biggest problem is she has a very high opinion of herself, and SHE holds grudges. Not ideal in a leader.