Timothy Stafford. Photo: Kate Albright/Montclair Local

Montclair, NJ – Eight months after a lawsuit accused Township Manager Timothy Stafford of creating a hostile work environment for women, the Montclair Township Council took a dramatic and rare step – voting to fire Stafford at a special meeting on Friday morning, April 28.

An episode that often fractured the council, and inflamed public sentiment, ended with a unanimous 5-0 vote and with no open deliberations among council members. Mayor Sean Spiller and Deputy Mayor Bill Hurlock were absent.

The session was originally scheduled as a public hearing, called at Stafford’s request, but at the eleventh hour he waived his right to a hearing. Absent since he was placed on paid administrative leave in October, Stafford remained absent as his fate was decided.

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