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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

zeke carey January 13, 2014 at 09:07 PM
Do I detect a disgruntled individual because they appointed someone not to your liking. did the Docimo group hire any republicans to fill certain positions. The answer is NO! quit gloating and accept the fact Umba is just a temporary fill in and earning less than half of what Campo made. they could have chosen Daffy Duck and it would have been better and cost effective if they kept Campo. The dems would have done the same. the township is saving money that's what it's all about. They haven't got rid of Greg Ley yet,but it's coming.
sockman January 13, 2014 at 11:17 PM
@zeke... Most people do not care that the new majority wanted a person that was more to their thinking. The issue is the person that they chose... Why this person... They will be the person that runs the everyday business of the Twp... tell us what their credentials are... I did not see an ad in the paper looking for qualified candidates... did I miss it??
zeke carey January 14, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Was there an ad in the paper when they hired Campo.answer NO! he was one of their cronies. are you up in arms that the cost is much half than Campo was making. are you aware it is a 90 day position and he will be replaced.they wanted Campo out asap . he will find a spot in the county level. do you know exactly what a administrator does for the township.the qualifications you need to perform this type of occupation. would you feel a lot better if they hired a democrat that could not do the job just for the fact they appeased you. no matter how you look at it the dems won't be happy and when the dems were inj control the reps didn't like it IT'S POLITICS that's the way it goes.More heads gonna roll MAYBE?
Gary Kuehnapfel January 14, 2014 at 09:03 AM
To Zeke Carey: Your right!! Every new admin. brings in their own loyal people. I accept that, because that's the name of the game. The dem.'s do the same thing. However at least when the dem.'s do it they bring in qualified people! So far Brenda Sprigman & Brandon Umba show a tremendous lack of political judgment. Is this their plan? To make WD govern. incompetent, bleed them dry, and say they have to privatize everything with their business cronies.
sockman January 14, 2014 at 09:18 AM
@Zeke... 2 years ago we were told we were voting for change... now you are saying that we were lied to... that it is the same old story. The Twp Admin is the person that runs the operation, we are not talking about a job that is the person that just answers the phone.... The Twp Admin should NEVER be a political job. It should go to the most qualified person that can work with the committee to have their vision come to light... Last year the Mayor had issues with Campo and the budget for things like leaf collection and snow removal... the Twp is a mess with leaves that were not collected due to lack of funds... now that all the snow money is gome... what will we do for the next storm.... I voted for change and now I am sorry I did... guess the change we got was change for the worse, not for the better...
zeke carey January 14, 2014 at 10:53 AM
what point are you people missing. The Umba position is temporary 90 days if he goes beyond that I was wrong. however next town meeting step up to the mic and ask what qualifications does he have and why there wasn't an interview process to select a township administrator. instaed of babbling on here bring it to the table. I saw the leaf removal truck on budd blvd this morning and kings highway yesterday,or was it just an illusion.
zeke carey January 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM
sockman can you change in 2 years what was brought to the township to it's knees in 20.if so you must be merlin the magician.
sockman January 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM
I have been to meetings and they are very sad... And they have been for years... Oh how I wish that we did not have political parties... the infighting is very sad. One reason why they did not open job up is the fear that Campo would have been the most qualified for the job... hard to refuse the most qualified.... Good to hear that they are finally picking up leaves... only 2 months late... lucky they have not blocked drains and flooded homes... Do you know where the money came from, since that part of the budget was used up?
Wayne Klotz January 14, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Zeke; how many times have I told you or wrote you to please stay out of West Deptford's Business! You are not a resident of this town. You said you own a business here so that should tell you something. In reference to Mr. Nichols article, I think it makes a point. Why was this job not posted and why was Mr. Umba even considered. Why was he also still not working for Jon Runyon? Something fishey going on here! Well, if these Four people say we're in Debt, which I find hard to believe, then we're in the most biggest Debt since 2012!!!!
zeke carey January 14, 2014 at 12:40 PM
you got to realize this is a new year new budget the money is there for snow removal and leaf collection.it could be worse the township could have privatized leaf collection. you can only pick up leaves when there at the curb,and with the snow pretty hard to do that. there will always be revenue for services it's the people who comment on here look at things negative. if you went to meetings then you know the Docimo regime meetings last ed 20 minutes and no one had an opportunity to step up to the mic.they rush all the meetings
Wayne Klotz January 14, 2014 at 01:26 PM
Zeke; why that is, is because under Mayor Docimo's reign, we had good services, snow was picked up& also leaves was picked up, to! And the township was doing good until 2012! Why is that?!
sockman January 14, 2014 at 03:17 PM
@Wayne... Even though I do not normally agree with what ZEKE says, he has just as much right to say it as anyone, Especially if he owns or runs a business... I have no problem listening to both sides of the story. I have changed my mind and have changed others minds by hearing all sides of a story.
Wayne Klotz January 14, 2014 at 03:43 PM
Sockman; sorry about that last comment to Zeke, but you might want to ask him where he gets his info. From! Maybe if Zeke went to meetings like we do, maybe his comments will change and he'll see what they are like at the meetings!!
sockman January 14, 2014 at 04:03 PM
@Wayne... no need to let me know you are sorry... Let Zeke know that you are.... Wayne I agree with you... services are going down the drain... leaves should have been picked up by mid Nov long before the snow that has made some piles like rocks... or had the plows spread them all over the neighborhood...
zeke carey January 14, 2014 at 04:54 PM
Wayne you have a lot to say for someone that lives with mommy and according to clayton tax basis you don't pay property tax cause the house is under your mothers name. I have every right to voice my opinion on here. unlike you I pay my fair share of taxes to the community and help with events and senior citizens groups in the township. I pay a water bill to the township unlike you. So don't even go there that my voice don't count. btw how do you know I'm not at these meetings. the only thing wayne you don't know who I am but I certainly know you especially when you waddle up to the mic and blurt stupid questions from your voice box. what makes anybody think that Umba can't do the job.give him the 90 days if he doesn't cut it i'll be the first to say get rid of him.
Gary Kuehnapfel January 14, 2014 at 05:23 PM
To Zeke Carey: The real problem is that this Rep. admin. put these unqualified, ( Sprigman & Umba ) people in these high government positions in the first place. There only true qualifications are, are they are loyalist to the real power in this twp. ( Sam Cainfarini ).
Jack Ace January 14, 2014 at 05:45 PM
Doesn't the Twp budget run July 1-June 30?
Gary Kuehnapfel January 14, 2014 at 05:51 PM
To Jack Ace: No, from Jan. to Dec.
Jack Ace January 14, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Then why do they adopt the budget in June?
Wayne Klotz January 14, 2014 at 07:00 PM
Zeke, Buddy; oh where do you get your info. About me at? I know it's not the township hall because my mortgage has my name on it. Again I have to ask you; do you know what you are talking about? Do you even listen to what we are trying to say even though you say you attend meetings, then you must enjoy all the bull and lies that your friends(4) tell and do at township meetings. Makes you think!!!
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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