Union County Democrat Chairwoman and family are doing very well

Union County Democrat Chairwoman Charlotte DeFilippo, who is also a Union County employee, was given a $13,000 raise recently.

In an executive session held on Dec. 21, 2005 Union County Improvement Authority Vice Chairman Anthony Scutari, who is state Sen. Nicholas Scutari’s uncle, discussed the contract of Charlotte DeFilippo, who serves as party chair and as the executive director of the Union County Improvement Authority.

The vote boosted DeFilippo’s pay by 5.3 percent, which brought her salary to $132,910 – up from $119,923.96 (which according to my math is way more than 5.3 percent).

There are two other DeFilippos on the county payroll; both are sergeants in the Sheriff’s department – Melissa and Michael, with salaries of $75,595 and $77,960, respectively. Melissa will be awarded the Union County Women of Excellence award this year. She follows the County Manager’s wife who won the award last year.

The DeFilippo’s salaries in 2000
De Filippo Charlotte Monitor / Exec Dir Improv Auth 104,000
De Filippo Melissa Sheriffs Officer 37,213
De Filippo Michael Sheriffs Officer Det. 58,648

The DeFilippo’s salaries in 2006
De Filippo Charlotte Mgmt Spec / Exec Dir Improv Auth 132,910
De Filippo Melissa Sheriffs Officer Sgt 75,595
De Filippo Michael Sheriffs Officer Sgt 77,960

I attended the Improvement Authority’s reorganization meeting last month. It was over in all about ten minutes. Not a bad paycheck for a ten minute work day.

Where it all began:
“Dem chair Appointed Executive Director” by Mark Hrywna 12/07/2000
Worrall Community Newspapers

The Union County Improvement Authority has a new executive director: Charlotte DeFilippo, chairwoman of the Union County Democratic Committee. The UCIA Board of Commissioners approved the appointment by an 8-0 vote Nov. 29 at an annual salary of $104,000, effective last Friday. She replaces Doug Placa, who resigned to join Woodbridge Mayor James McGreevy’s 2001 gubernatorial campaign.

Placa, who serves as secretary to the county Democratic Committee, worked for McGreevey on his 1997 gubernatorial effort as a scheduler and during his days as a state senator. His duties will again be as a scheduler for McGreevey but with a broader reach, said a spokesman. He was the UCIA s first executive director, appointed in February 1999 at an annual salary of $40,000.

“There’s no way that job warrants $104,000 a year,” said Wayne Smith, the lone Republican on the nine-member UCIA board. He also serves as GOP chairman in Plainfield. Smith, whose UCIA term ends in February, was absent at last week’s vote and was not aware who was appointed until contacted by this newspaper. They’ve got the control so there’s no need to keep me posted.

He called it a blatant patronage job that does not even warrant $40,000 a year. The UCIA is doing a lot for the county but this is typical patronage and the UCIA really plays patronage to the fullest extent. He was the lone dissenter in a 7-1 vote to replace the part-time financial administrator with a full-time executive director last year.

Freeholder Alexander Mirabella, the board’s liaison to the UCIA, said DeFilippo’s experience in government made her a qualified candidate to spearhead the more than $120 million in projects on the drawing board. Her salary, he said, is commensurate with her experience and is comparable to executive directors throughout the state, and is the same as Union County Utilities Authority Executive Director Joseph Spatola.

Formerly the township clerk in Hillside, where she also is Democratic chairwoman, DeFilippo has worked for the county since Democrats took control of the freeholder board in 1998. She was a management specialist in welfare, a civil service position, with an annual salary of approximately $75,000.

The UCIA, an autonomous agency whose commissioners are appointed by the freeholder board, is the economic development agency for the county, assisting in financing public projects. This week its offices moved from the county’s annex in Westfield to 10 Cherry St. in Elizabeth.

Union County Republican Chairman Ron Frigerio had little comment about the appointment, except to say, “I wish them well.”

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