Entries for May 17th, 2017

Freeholder’s Wife Reportedly Hired by County

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Sources inside the County inform us that Phyllis Mirabella, wife of current Freeholder Al Mirabella, has been hired as a Purchasing Manager for Union County College. Her husband already draws two salaries on the taxpayer dime, as a freeholder and as Town Manager of Scotch Plains. Although her exact salary has not yet been disclosed, between their three taxpayer-funded incomes the couple will likely be making in the neighborhood of a quarter million dollars a year.

Mrs. Mirabella’s linkedin profile shows no previous purchasing work experience or QPA certification, which is similar to the lack of experience her husband had in municipal management before his hiring by Scotch Plains’ fomer mayor Kevin Glove in 2015 after supposedly losing his private sector job. This was seen as a move to put Al Mirabella in a position to retire with the pension of a full-time employee while actually only serving the minimum three years as a full-timer to maximize his benefits. This hiring decision, coupled with a secret 4% pay raise given to him by Glover in 2016 without the knowledge of the rest of the Town Council, contributed to Glover’s brutal defeat in last year’s election and the tarring of the local Democratic Committee as an appendage of the County. Since Scotch Plains seems to cycle through Town Managers every couple of years, his wife’s hiring could be seen as an insurance policy protecting the couple should the Town Manager role open up again due to a change in leadership.

Al Mirabella was last spotted in the middle of the day this Tuesday at the ribbon-cutting for the refurbished Warinanco Sports Center, appearing in the role of freeholder. Since it is 30 minutes each way from Scotch Plains to Warinanco, we assume he took a long lunch from his Town Manager role.