Thursday, July 24, 2008

James Height Out of Control at Public's Expense

Did you read where the charming James Height, School Director in Wilkes-Barre Area, has employed a relative at the top of the pay scale for this particular job in the Wilkes-Barre School District? Then he had the nerve to actually vote for this person and said he did not have to abstain because he, "checked with a lawyer." Who was the lawyer? Perry Mason?

The HUGE salary of Jim Height's relative, James Post, was noted in the article in the Times Leader on July 12th. Jeff Namey, Superintendent said in the article that James Post, “will be responsible for totally computerizing the purchasing department,” Namey said. “We are computerized, but there are still a lot of things being done with paper and pencil, which, to me, is ridiculous in this day and age.”

The article then noted that at a July 7 meeting, the board hired James G. Post as purchasing agent at an annual salary of $68,000. Post is married to the sister of Height’s wife, Namey said.

In the article, Jeff Namey said Height's relative's salary will be a few hundred dollars more than than the person he was replacing.

So, let me get this right, Height's relative starts at a salary higher than the guy he replaced who took a lot longer than Height's relative to get to the top of that pay scale. Way to go Jeff. Thanks for sticking up for the taxpayers by defending whole hog Height.

This type of public service is shameful. As voters we need to boot the James Height's out of office because they don't deserve the office after such appointments that he made.