Barnhart Praises Bello’s Veto of Patronage Jobs

County Executive Adam Bello did the right thing in vetoing these unnecessary patronage jobs.

My colleagues in the legislature acted irresponsibly when they approved these positions, as the county is facing a massive budget deficit and uncertainty in the months ahead.

When the elections commissioners were pressed about why these positions were needed, they revealed they hadn’t even written up job descriptions.

This debacle shows why we need an open, transparent process to choose a new Democratic Board of Elections Commissioner.

I applaud County Executive Bello’s leadership on this issue.


Board of Elections positions divide Democratic legislators (City Newspaper)

Legislator: New Board of Elections jobs will cost tax payers ‘millions in the years to come’ (WROC-TV)