Morris Sheriff responds: ‘I have fulfilled my Constitutional requirement’

CHANGING HATS: Morris Sheriff Ed Rochford will wear a top hat as Grand Marshal of the 2013 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade.
CHANGING HATS: Morris Sheriff Ed Rochford will wear a top hat as Grand Marshal of the 2013 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade.
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Morris County Sheriff Ed Rochford, asked to respond to the  freeholders’ demand  that he re-negotiate contracts or cut jobs, issued this response on Friday:

CHANGING HATS: Morris Sheriff Ed Rochford will wear a top hat as Grand Marshal of the 2013 Morris County St. Patrick's Parade.
Morris Sheriff Ed Rochford

“I have fulfilled my Constitutional requirement. It is up to the respective unions to decide a course of action, if any, they wish to take. It is disappointing that the collective bargaining process is aired in the press. Hopefully the county and the unions can successfully come to a fair agreement that protects public safety and is fair to taxpayers.”

The freeholders contend that “excessive” raises in four contracts negotiated by the Sheriff will result in budget shortfalls totaling nearly $3 million between now and 2017.  Some 28 layoffs would be required by 2018 to cover these deficits, according to the freeholders.

The sheriff has defended increases by saying they are necessary to prevent a high turnover of experienced personnel.

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