The state Appellate Court today upheld a ruling that stripped Harry Parkin, the former Chief of Staff to Mercer County Executive Robert Prunetti, of his government pension following his 2005 corruption conviction. Parkin, who was sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison for his role in delivering a county recycling contract to a company he had a financial interest in, maintained that he should keep the pension on his six years of service before committing his crime in 2000.
"In the wake of the Former Republican County Government Chief of Staff Harry Parkin's corruption scandal, it was a Democratic County Executive and Freeholder Board that implemented the first county-wide pay-to-play reform in the state of New Jersey," said Mercer County Democratic Chairman Richard McClellan. "I personally testified before the Board of Freeholders in favor of this landmark legislation."
"The continuing antics of the jailbird Parkin to collecta public pension after being convicted for his heinous abuse of the public trust will only serve to remind voters of the Republican party's legacy of greed, corruption and arrogance when they ranMercer County's government," McClellan said.