Keown May Quit Solicitor Post Clearing Path For Democrat

Camden Courier-Post – February 4, 1938

Coalition Majority Reported Agreed on Successor as County Legal Aide



Walter S. Keown, of Haddon Township, is ready to resign as county counsel to make way for a Democratic successor:

That was announced at a Democratic freeholders caucus last night by Edward V. Martino, an assistant city solicitor and a lieutenant of City Commissioner Mary W. Kobus, after a caucus of Democratic freeholders at the home of Judge Joseph Varbalow, 2636 Baird Avenue.

Martino asserted also that the Democratic successor would be named at next Wednesday’s meeting of the freeholder board.

Vincent L. Gallaher, chairman of the Democratic county committee, as been mentioned for the post.

A group of Democratic freeholders were at the meeting, which was at tended also by Martino and Isadore H. Hermann, another Kobus lieutenant who is a member of the city legal staff.

Mrs. Kobus and Mayor George E. Brunner appeared at the Varbalow home after the meeting had been adjourned.

Budget Cut Acceptable

Freeholder Maurice Bart, of Oaklyn, majority leader of the Board of Freeholders, said the caucus was ready to cut the county budget by $77,000 to bring the 1938 county tax rate down to the 1937 level of 80 cents from its present level of 83.5 cents.

“That’s against my wishes and advice,” Bart said, but seems to be in line with the desires of Dr. W. Carlton Harris, who has just been named as county fiscal adviser.

Bart said the Democratic freeholders agreed to lop $8000 off the county farms’ appropriation to eliminate the chicken farm. He said the 1936 records showed eggs were produced for county institutions at $1.65 a dozen when they could have been bought for 35 cents a dozen.

He announced the freeholders practically agreed to refuse to add an insulin therapy department to the mental hospital and said this would cut the budget about $15,000.

“The rest of the cuts will be effect ed by slashes all along the line of departmental appropriations,” Bart announced.

Hits Remington Fee Cost

Bart said the Democratic freeholders revolted against payment of a bill of $2207.86 submitted by J. C. Remington, consulting engineer for the county park commission, and his partner, for consulting fees in connection with the recent improvement at the county sewage disposal plant at Lakeland.

“We have paid that firm — Remington and Gaff — $4440.80 already and this new bill came to my attention only today,” Bart said.

"The caucus also entertained a request by Prosecutor Samuel P. Orlando that the three process servers transferred from the prosecutor’s office to the sheriff’s office during the term of Judge Clifford A. Baldwin as prosecutor be returned to the prosecutor’s office to effect efficiency, Bart said.


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