Our very political County Administrator
Maybe you heard this already? John Eskilson, the Sussex County Administrator, has gone into the opposition research business. This isn't so much a change as an expansion for the very political Eskilson. In 2012, Eskilson contacted the chairman of a campaign for Freeholder with the demand that the candidate for Freeholder not mention an issue Eskilson opposed: A ban on county government borrowing without voter approval.
That's right. The very reform that could have prevented the Sussex Solar scam in the first place, was the issue that Eskilson tried to deep-six through the back-door.
They have this reform in Warren County. It is the law there due to the efforts of Warren County Freeholder Director Ed Smith. But not in Sussex County. Because in Warren County the elected Freeholders run the show, not the unelected County Administrator. Warren County wouldn't stand for it because, for a start, it is unethical. Professional government administrators like John Eskilson are supposed to abide by a Code of Ethics. Part of that Code of Ethics reads:
Refrain from all political activities which undermine public confidence in professional administrators. Refrain from participation in the election of the members of the employing legislative body
So why is Sussex County Administrator John Eskilson gathering information on a sitting County Freeholder and using that information to undermine her campaign for public office? Eskilson has been pushing this information to local reporters and to those who oppose the election of this Freeholder to higher office.
Watchdog will be filing a complaint and naming names, so those involved should expect to be contacted. It is time to stop the politicization of county bureaucracy. It is unethical and may be a misuse of taxpayers' money.