In this morning’s APP.com article “Federal worker bonuses cut in half, new figures show” it stated that the Federal Workers bonuses “dropping nearly 50 percent as a result of draconian budget cuts tied to a partial government shutdown and recent caps on employee awards.”
Which, when you are in financial straights, it makes sense you cut things.
It also went on to state the highest paid Federal employee in NJ is medical officer, Veterans Health Administration who is paid $330,843. Which totally got me thinking of our newly appointed CFO Patrick Deblasio, you know the one they couldn’t advertise his job and just hired him on the recommendation of retiring CFO Stephen Pfeffer.
In case you forgot this is what he got paid in 2012: (from USA Today):
• $126,896, Carteret borough chief financial officer
• $8,000, Carteret schools treasurer of school monies
• $29,774, Highlands tax collector
• $39,996, Keansburg chief financial officer
• $39,940, North Plainfield chief financial officer
So that means in 2012, DeBlasio’s annual compensation totaled $244,606, more than Gov. Chris Christie or state Treasurer Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff, who earn $175,000 and $141,000, respectively.
In the new 2014 budget Financial Administration Salaries & wages = $121,175, to be fair a portion may be to pay for the part time purchasing agent and finance clerk, who salaries were approx $20,000 and $10,000 respectively. (Numbers may not be actual, I remember them saying the total was approximately $30k for both salaries.)
Pfeffer in 2013 was paid $117,850 had one other job and no assistants.
Deblasio is to be paid in 2014 $121,175, plus $58,000 for Tax Collector just from Highlands AND has 4 other known jobs.
I typed this before and I’ll type it again, lack of attention can cost the town of Highlands.