Failed congressional candidate Jeff Perry’s appointment – no doubt following a nationwide search – to the long-vacant post of “Special Sheriff” of Barnstable County has gotten miserable reviews from across the political spectrum. Howie Carr, who during Perry’s campaign for Congress gave him every opportunity to plead his case on the radio, laid into him yesterday (see the bits starting at about 9:00 and 19:00 – and, at 20:40, “let’s face it: it’s a hack job”). Even RMG, who for the most part vigorously backed Perry even as new revelations made Perry look less and less credible, seems largely unable to stomach these latest developments.
And don’t buy the spin that Perry’s job just replaces David Vieira, who was a deputy sheriff before leaving to join the state legislature. Vieira was apparently being paid a little over $57,000. Perry will be pulling in $110,000, nearly twice as much. And it’s not like Barnstable County couldn’t be putting that money, as well as whatever Sheriff Cummings spent to
get someone to tell him what he wanted to hear hire an investigator to look into Perry’s past, to good use:
County Sheriff James Cummings said the county’s so broke he hasn’t been able to hire a correction officer in three years. He’s racking up 5,000 hours a month in overtime. Plus he’s had to cut crucial programs, such as one that keeps tabs on convicted sex offenders.
Oh, and don’t forget that, as Howie pointed out on the radio, if Perry serves in this job for a few years, he will get a major bump in his pension. Good thing he took the job before Governor Patrick’s pension reform bill becomes law.
As a blogger at Cape Cod Today drolly put it: “Ahackalypse Now!”