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.

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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