Friday, January 9, 2009

Scranton Jobs and Raises

According to the Scranton Times, a new job was created in the City of Scranton. The positions is called Assistant Zoning Officer. Without advertising the job, Zach Connors, former Democrat Mayor Jimmy Connors’s son, was hired for the position.

This created a bit of controversy. Typically, a zoning officer would have experience in the field and/or a degree in a related field. Apparently, Connors had neither.

At the following council meeting, the Times Leader reported that council members and speakers at council sparred over the hiring.

Mr. Connors eventually resigned the position amid the controversy. In defense of the hiring, Democrat City Council Member Judy Gatelli cited her own lack of experience when she began working in City Government and is quoted as saying “I don’t know that qualifications necessarily make you the best person for the job.”

In other Scranton news, Sue Henry of WILK newsradio, broke a story about Scranton’s council agenda next week. Apparently it contains raises for many elected officials in Scranton. The agenda should be posted on Scranton’s website later today.

Considering Scranton’s inability to get its own financial house in order enough to dump the “distressed” status under its current leadership, I cannot see how their “work” would be deserving of a raise. Considering the state of the economy, granting yourself a raise while unemployment rates are skyrocketing shows a great deal of disrespect on the part of the elected officials that would propose such a thing.

Who knows, maybe increasing the salary of elected positions in Scranton will encourage candidates with the taxpayer’s best interest at heart to seek one of Scranton’s elected posts. Scranton’s Mayor and three of its council positions are up for re-election this year.

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