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Sheriff’s officers union president calls Bergen executive hypocrite

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ANOTHER CVP SCOOP: The president of the Bergen County sheriff’s officers union today called Executive Kathleen Donovan a hypocrite for appealing a local judge’s ruling that she stop her refusal to pay his officers negotiated raises for 2010 and 2011.

PBA Local 134 President Michael J. Doyle said neither he nor any of his officers, or their attorney, were surprised by Superior Court Judge Joseph Conte’s first decision and subsequent refusal to delay his ruling so Donovan could appeal (SEE: Bergen judge refuses to delay order that Donovan pay sheriff’s officers )

“The law is straightforward in this case,” Doyle told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon. “We look forward to any appellate review of this decision.”

However, he added: “What is bizarre is the hypocrisy from the county executive given her recent public statements that anyone who files an appeal against her is wasting taxpayer money. Now, she is the one filing the appeals, being that she didn’t get her way.”

“This isn’t personal — it’s just business,” Doyle added. “But it’s getting ridiculous.”

County Administrator Ed Trawinski, in turn, said: “I will not dignify what I believe is an inappropriate comment from a sworn officer of the law who I believe is held to a higher standard of conduct.” (SEE: Bergen County administrator: Donovan won’t sign sheriff’s officers contract)

Taxpayers “will be served, not harmed” if Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan delivers the negotiated 2011 and 2012 pay raises that she so far has denied county sheriff’s officers, Superior Court Judge Joseph Conte wrote, in refusing to reconsider his order of last month that Donovan do so immediately. READ MORE….

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