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Letter to the Editor: Kudos to Township Manager Richard Krawczun

The writer is Glenn Collins, a Lawrence Township resident who sits on the township's Planning Board.

Dear Editor: 

While I don’t always agree with decisions made and actions taken by our township government, I have to acknowledge Township Manager Rich Krawczun’s recent negotiation with our local police union.

Given the state of our economy, as well the FOP’s reputation for being difficult when it comes to contracts, I believe that Mr. Krawczun secured the best possible deal for the taxpayers. 

The benefit time cap, shift changes, short-term limit on salary increases and longevity pay freeze are positive steps that will aid in stabilizing a local budget that has far too many challenges.

Mr. Krawczun’s work to get Lawrence over this particular public employee hurdle is an example of doing what is necessary, which is exactly what the taxpayers of Lawrence expect of their local officials. 

- Glenn Collins

 

Linda January 22, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Townie since when would one thank a thief for only taking some of your money? This is LONG OVERDUE and I will not thank them! I did not single out the FOP! Richard, as you familiarly refer to Mr. Krawczun, has allowed this mess to spiral out of control under his management! "THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK" LAUGHABLE at best. This loser makes how much money, approximately $165,000 a year, plus benefits? Big deal he is doing his job Townie!
grill master January 22, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Seriously, Glenn Collins?? You thank Dick for doing his job? Ever hear of too little, too late? Now he may have finally grew some and didn't throw money at the police union, like he has previously and you thank him....that is laughable, as Linda put it. I guess all of you political hacks stick together, kind of like the mafia.
Let's Dance January 24, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Township Manager $192,758 Police Chief $167K 3 Lieutenants $132K each 9 Sergeants $118K each 45 Police Officers, Avg $103,607 The police still get raises in their new three-year contract, longevity pay for current employees and now more time off because they will work three 12hr shifts a week. Residents get a new bulk trash fee for a service they don't need, increased taxes every year and higher existing fees. The residents of Lawrenceville got screwed again! Congratulations Dick for making $192K and to the police for stealing from the residents they swore to serve and protect. Your greed is the reason we had to privatize your sister and brother police dispatchers.
Linda January 24, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Nice if you can get, now how do we get rid of this inept con artist? What's the deal with his contract, do you know Let's Dance?
relo January 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Let's Dance got it right, and its even worse because the numbers above don't include longevity pay. Remember, these guys can retire at 55 with pensions of $70,000+ for life. As a result, our high taxes now pay for a reduced police force and less safety, other township employees lose their jobs, and there are no openings for our young people looking for a career in law enforcement. The cops do fabulously well and everyone else pays the price.

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