County Employee From Fair Lawn Saves Taxpayers $650K

JoMarie Sacchinelli is the fourth recipient of the Bergen County Freeholder Board's Taxpayer Advocate Award

Fair Lawn resident and county employee JoMarie Sacchinelli was awarded the county's Taxpayer Advocate Award last week for saving county taxpayers $650,000 by reducing the county's car fleet.

Over the past year, Sacchinelli, the coordinator of monitoring and evaluation in the county's Public Works Department, worked to downsize the county's fleet of vehicles in an effort to reduce operational costs.

County Executive Kathleen Donovan praised Sacchinelli in a statement released Tuesday.

“JoMarie Sacchinelli is the epitome of what public servants should be doing for their constituents and that is saving money for the taxpayers,” Donovan said. “In my State of the County address in 2011, I said we would focus on reducing the car fleet and, thanks to JoMarie, we have done that.”

Sacchinelli's cost-saving plan involved making a 10 percent reduction in the county's fleet of vehicles by removing non-essential vehicles through public auction, instituting a regular preventative maintenance program, purchasing utility vehicles instead of pickup trucks, introducing a GPS system and making joint bids between departments and divisions for new vehicles.  

Bergen County Freeholder Chairman John D. Mitchell called Sacchinelli's introduction of a GPS system “an outstanding management tool."

“It has been the desire of this Board of Chosen Freeholders, as advocates of reducing your property taxes and taxes in general, to motivate and identify employees that work for the county that have done exceptional jobs in reducing taxpayer costs,” Mitchell said in a statement. “Mrs. Sacchinelli is a perfect example of this; by rethinking how the county fleet was managed, she saved hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars.”  

Sacchinelli said she was motivated to rework the composition of the county fleet in an effort to save money for taxpayers, like herself.

“This is my money and I pay the tax bill, as well," Sacchinelli said in a statement. "My goal is to save more money. I hope to save another half-million dollars next year.”

The Taxpayer Advocate Award, bestowed annually by the Bergen County Freeholder Board, was instituted by Freeholder John Mitchell to spotlight county employees who have taken it upon themselves to find savings in their respective areas. Since the award's inception, taxpayers have realized $1,642,000 in savings.

Unreal Murderer March 13, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Sacchinelli saves only the money her handler's will let her address, pennies on the dollar. While I applaud the savings, I find the big brother GPS system appauling (does she or the county administration have a GPS system in their county vehicles) , Address the real spending issues like the ever expensive County Police and even I will be impressed!
Chris Antonelli March 13, 2012 at 08:53 PM
650K is 650K. It was saved and not spent. I could cut your tax bill in half and I'd still be evil. Geezzzzz.
Unreal Murderer March 13, 2012 at 08:54 PM
I wonder what the GPS would really show for these county administrators, some of the trips made on the taxpayer dime!
Unreal Murderer March 13, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Hey Chris, If the money was saved, did that mean those vehicles were not necessary? If so, then how many years of extra vehicles in the fleet did taxpayers get screwed? Did taxpayers see any reduction? How much did the GPS cost, and I only hope its on every county vehicle, not just a few. Numbers lie and liars make up numbers.
Tommy P March 13, 2012 at 09:45 PM
She could just read my comments and take the credit. Jeanne, please feel free to plagiarizer. Ed, Kurt, John, Lisa, offer extends to all of you as well.
Tommy P March 13, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I know how to save way more, END county government. 64 departments/divisions, gone. 2,200+ over paid position (1 in 4 over 100k/year), gone. $150,000,000 in salaries (not including benefits) off our backs. Almost $60,000,000 in debt service would work itself out of existence. $500,000,000 aka 1/2 BILLION Dollars, no longer taxed. Board of Chosen Freeholders, County Exec, Board Clerk, Counsel to Board, County Administrator, Admin & Finance, Public Works ALL ELIMINATED The state could take over the functions of Human Services, Health Services, County Police, County Clerk, County Surrogate And we can return the Sheriff, parks and planning to the municipalities. We wouldn't be the first state, not even in the north east, Connecticut, Massachusetts and The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations don't have counties.
delgado March 14, 2012 at 01:36 AM
No one in there right mind believes this. These Republicans lost their crediabilty on Day Number 1. Someone should look hard at the numbers and realize they are not real, in fact you cant even get close to the numbers. This is from a crew like double dipper Donovan who said "she was forced to take a pension" and lied and said they saved $30MILLION dollars in the budget. Mitchell lies also like when he said he opposed to double dipping and then votes for a double dipping Clerk.. This $650k is more 100% lies.
delgado March 14, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Its a lie, this crew lies about everything, the numbers cant add up
Tommy P March 14, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Regionalization on its surface may look better, but it means there is less competition amongst government. Up until the activist progressive courts started destroying home rule in the 1970s, ie Mt Laurel and the Abbott districts, it was our small towns that were the root of what made NJ an economic powerhouse. Today the biggest obstacle to towns working together are the counties. Take our county, instead of having a single government structure with the power consolidated into a few hands, we would continue to have 70 governments which means individual voters have a larger impact and if your town gets out of hand, you don't have to go very far to vote with your feet. The competetion would incentivise towns to work together. The destruction of home rule is in large part why our population is decreasing while the national numbers swell and why we are one of the most heavily taxed states in thhe nation.
Chris Antonelli March 14, 2012 at 01:18 PM
And too bad your guy Ron Paul won't win in November.
Chris Antonelli March 14, 2012 at 01:19 PM
None of the county administration people have county vehicles. They were done away with a long time ago.
Chris Antonelli March 14, 2012 at 01:20 PM
None of the county administration people have county vehicles. They were done away with a long time ago.
Chris Antonelli March 14, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Ask McNerney. Ask Ganz. Donovan did away with it.
Chris Antonelli March 14, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Sure Adolpho. Let me know when you get that past the Unions. Lol.....
SwornCrookedthieves March 14, 2012 at 01:25 PM
C A, seems like murder had valid point if $650,000 was saved think of the millions wasted. Truth be told none of these politicians know what they are doing.
Chris Antonelli March 14, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I know it's tough with the switching accounts and all, but for the love of God, please use there, they're and their in its proper use! You people think you're so smart about how to run a government, yet you can't even grasp proper English.
SwornCrookedthieves March 14, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Let me guess, you know how to run government, the lapdog of the repubpuke party?
Chris Antonelli March 14, 2012 at 02:14 PM
You need to start somewhere, no?
Chris Antonelli March 14, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Why is this "Let me guess, you know how to run government, the lapdog of the repubpuke party?" phrased as a question? And it not even a coherent question at that, if it is a question. Lol.....
Janice March 14, 2012 at 02:33 PM
People who can't make a valid point resort to name calling. Rise up against the name callers/bullies and give them a taste of their own medicine!
SwornCrookedthieves March 14, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I might be wrong, but didn't this person receiving this award back these same current politico's, maybe even as far as having sponsored events and meetings? If I am correct, then would this award seem like, well, payback?
Chris Antonelli March 14, 2012 at 02:53 PM
This person has no political party affiliation.
Chris Antonelli March 14, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Qualify? Can you be more specific?
cant win March 14, 2012 at 03:34 PM
This is a perfect example of how crazy the people on this site are. no matter what anyone does people are going to complain about it. jomarie saved us a lot of money and you people take away from that buy turning it into your own political agenda. i personally would like to say thank you jomarie. what motivation are you really giving our governtment officials to try and do good when you are only gonig to find ways to put them down when they do a lot of you really need to get a life
cant win March 14, 2012 at 03:36 PM
and too bad no republican will either. looks like 4 more years of obama. sadly ron paul is probably the best choice when you compare him to the rest of the canidates.


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