On Roy Wesley

Republican County Chairman Roy Wesley’s letter to the Mercer Inspector General calling for a review of recent actions by the county Sheriff  represents a tacit repudiation of over five years of attacks by Mr. Wesley and his candidates on the value of the IG office to the taxpayers of Mercer.
 
Since at least 2005, and as recently as September of last year, Mr. Wesley’s Republicans have been publicly calling for the abolishment of the IG office, despite it’s demonstrated effectiveness in identifying and eliminating fraud and waste on a bipartisan basis.
 
Whether it is exposing a lack of effective financial checks and balances at the County College, or the accrual of naming rights revenues due the county, or turning over materials to the County prosecutor for further prosecution, the Inspector General has brought an iron fist of ethical enforcement that was so lacking in previous administrations.  This is contrasted with the lack of concern by Mr. Wesley and his cohorts over ethical issues as evidenced by the fact that they still carry $$26,375 in political donations on their books from felons convicted and incarcerated for contract fraud and embezzlement while the Republicans controlled the County Government.
 
Add to this the fact that the Inspector General has taken proactive steps to prevent unethical behavior by providing training to all county employees on ethical standards and by helping to create the most comprehensive anti-pay-to-play legislation ever adopted by any county government in New Jersey and you have a two-fisted ethical approach that now even Mr. Wesley has accepted as valuable.
 
I’ve attached a summary of the activities of the IG office that have brought hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue into Mercer County or which have served to prevent waste and unethical behavior in County Government. (It had been prepared and distributed to the press in response to one of Mr. Wesley’s earlier attacks)
 
I am sure that Mr. Wesley is a busy man, and I doubt that he would waste his time filing a request if he thought it was not worthwhile to do so.  Only one logical conclusion follows from that. Mr. Wesley has now recognized that the Inspector General is an asset to Mercer government.
 
That is, of course, unless Mr. Wesley would like to have his cake AND eat it too.

On Roy Wesley