Did YOU get a raise this year? Union County Democrat Freeholder Al Mirabella did.
Well, at his DAY JOB at least.
What does the esteemed Freeholder do when he’s not mismanaging the county, you ask? He’s the Town Manager for Scotch Plains, of course!
(No conflict of interest THERE, right?)
Earlier this year Mirabella’s best bud, Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover, hiked up the pension-padding Town Manager’s salary.
The raise was perfectly reasonable, I mean, he was only making $145,000 already. That’s like, minimum wage, isn’t it?
The weird thing about the raise though, is that it was done by the mayor without consulting the full council.
That’s no bueno when it comes to transparency.
Thankfully, Republican Councilman Llewellyn Jones was there to shine some much needed light on the situation which you can watch below.
For only 3 minutes and change of a video, there was an AWFUL lot of squirming from both the Mayor and the Town Manager/Freeholder, claiming that there was past precedent for such a move, but failing to cite specific instances. The Mayor at one point erroneously exclaimed that it “wasn’t true” that this was the first time under his tenure that a town manager got a raise- which he quickly backtracked from after Councilman Jones corrected him.
We are still waiting to hear from the town’s attorneys on the legality of Mayor Glover’s unilateral decision to raise Mr. Mirabella’s salary without consulting with the full Town Council.
All in all, it was another example of the messy, incestuous nature of democrat politics here in Union County- and further proof that we need to change the leadership in Scotch Plains.