But Democrat John D'Amico Jr. said Republicans had expressed no concerns about the political spoils system for several decades when they had control of the county government.
"I'm somewhat amused by these passionate objections," D'Amico said at a Hall of Records meeting room packed with about 300 people Thursday night. "In 1985, when the Republicans took control, every single division head got a pink slip on Christmas Eve and they were told they were finished by the end of the year."
The chief financial officer, Mark E. Acker, a 25-year employee who earns a $176,000 salary, and two other department heads who had served under the former Republican administration were ousted.Other changes were internal promotions, except for the appointment of Glenn Mason to emergency management coordinator. Mason was Freeholder Amy A. Mallet's running mate on the Democratic ticket last November. Mallet's victory gave the Democrats the board majority for the first time since 1985.