Friday, April 20, 2012
The Camden County freeholder director writes to clarify "rumors and innuendo" surrounding a countywide force.
Friday, April 20, 2012
To the Editor: Over the past 14 months there have been a lot of rumors and innuendo surrounding the creation and operation of the Camden County Police Department. I have heard all of the conspiracy theories and today I wanted to take the opportunity to provide you with the facts. Right now, the County has a goal of having the Metro Division of the County Police Department operational by 2013. The move would put more than 400 police officers on the streets of Camden instead of the 268 officers in the city’s existing force. Furthermore, the commissioning of a Metro Division will be done in a way that’s cost-effective and sustainable yet provides a comparable salary for officers to their colleagues in other towns throughout the state. I …
Friday, April 22, 2011
Camden County's slashed budget means no free concert at Cooper River this year to mark Independence Day.
Cooper River Park won’t be rocking out to celebrate Independence Day this year, thanks to budget cuts. Tight finances forced the cancellation of the “Let Freedom Rock Fest” held annually to mark July 4. For the past decade, the county Freeholder Board held the event in conjunction with radio station 102.9 WMGK. County Freehold Director Louis Cappelli Jr. urged residents to look on the bright side. “In these economic times, it is a good opportunity for you and your family to attend the local celebrations in your community,” he said in a statement. WMGK decided to move the rock concert, which will feature Yes and the Styx, to the Susquehanna Bank Center on the Camden waterfront. Unlike the Cooper River Park concert, it will not be free. In …
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Louis Cappelli Jr. was again chosen as freeholder director, and Edward McDonnell was named deputy director.
Louis Cappelli Jr. retained his position as director of the Camden County Board of Freeholders, and Edward McDonnell was chosen as deputy director, during the freeholders' annual reorganization meeting this week. Cappelli has been freeholder director since 2006. In a news release, the county said that for three consecutive years, Cappelli and McDonnell have led the freeholder board to reduce the county tax rate until last year’s economic downturn made it necessary to raise taxes slightly. They also reduced the size of county government by 600 positions through attrition, according to the release. The freeholders run county government. They held their reorganization meeting Wednesday. “My goal has always been to put the taxpayer first…