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To the Editor: Twp. Admin Appointment Raises Questions

Resident Rick Nichols says the replacement of Eric Campo with Brandon Umba reflects the same crony politics against which the GOP campaigned.

Eric Campo (center) and Brenda Sprigman (right) were two casualties of the Republican supermajority that took office this month. Credit: Matt Skoufalos.
Eric Campo (center) and Brenda Sprigman (right) were two casualties of the Republican supermajority that took office this month. Credit: Matt Skoufalos.

As Mark Twain said, “It is easier to fool people than convince them they have been fooled.” 

Ten days ago, during the West Deptford reorganization meeting, the GOP majority announced that they had let go a highly qualified, seasoned Administrator, (Mr. Eric Campo), & replaced him with their campaign advisor/coordinator, (Mr. Brandon Umba), who unbelievably, has zero qualifications, and zero experience! In fact, I’m not even sure he submitted a resume or interviewed for the position! 

Did we even attempt to find a candidate better suited for the position than Mr. Campo? Logic would dictate we would look to upgrade at the position if we were letting someone go. Instead we appointed their campaign advisor! 

This cronyism is exactly the type of thing Mayor Chintall, and Committeeman Cianfarini pledged would not happen on their watch, and unfortunately, it’s not even the first time! 

Do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do politics must come to an end in West Deptford.

Richard Nichols

Jack Ace January 14, 2014 at 07:10 PM
I have to say Zeke, Mr. Klotz is a resident after a quick search.
Bryn Wilden January 14, 2014 at 09:40 PM
I find the replacement of Eric Campo to be completely unnecessary. Eric worked his way into the position over a period of years and I personally dealt with him several times. He was always professional, even when communicating information not beneficial to me. I also spoke with employees who worked for him and they also believed Eric was a straight shooter who did the best for West Deptford, not due to political pressure from one side. By replacing him with a campaign manager, temporarily or not, qualified or not, is a slap in the face to township residents. If information I heard is accurate, that Eric is paid 90 days severance, then we are paying too much for an unqualified individual when Eric could have kept his position until a replacement was found.
zeke carey January 15, 2014 at 08:32 AM
Campo was only professional when it came serving the democratic controlled committee. during his tenure while the control wasn't in the favor of the republicans he was a thorn in their side. too much negativity towards the rep agenda during the meetings. he may seem professional to you because just maybe you're either a good friend or relative. no matter who they hired if the person was not a dem there still would be anonmosity towards that individual.
sockman January 15, 2014 at 09:43 AM
zeke... The fact that Campo did not agree with someones ideas does not make him, or anyone, unprofessional... It will be interesting to see how well a new admin will respond to the lone Dem on committee... odds are about the same way the Reps had been listen to.... The only thing that is unprofessional is the name calling that goes back and forth on this site.. it makes all who do it look childish.
zeke carey January 15, 2014 at 02:26 PM
I m sure there has been no love connection on this blog. That's the nature of the beast,when it comes to party affiliation hate runs amok. no matter who or what was appointed there would be no medium. It's politics each party takes care of their own been like that since the 19th century. you don't see a democratic president appointing a republican vice president NEVER! we all worry on here about the township we should emphasize our worry on this country and what is transpiring with Obama administration and what they are doing. USA will never recover what this president has done to it. you can't really say anytning negative or the RACE CARD will come out. changes are only made at the polls and so far the people of west Deptford has spoken they wanted change for how long it depends on the voters. got to go check how my house fared during these winter months so far down wildwood,have a good weekend all you to wayne old buddy old pal.

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