A “wall of secrecy” that attorneys for Montclair Township tried to erect in the Montclair chief financial officer’s whistleblower case came tumbling down.
Montclair Councilor-at-Large Peter Yacobellis writes, “I am horrified to be part of this government at the current time.”
“This extraordinary request from a public body is contrary to all law,” the attorney for Padmaja Rao writes.
Council members and Stafford will not engage with one another, though residents may speak before the meeting begins.
The promotional examination in the Fire Department was biased against Blacks, firefighters contend.
Others, including Councilor-at-Large Peter Yaccobellis and former mayoral candidate, Renee Baskerville, also contemplating a run.
The ordinance guarantees paid legal defense in many circumstances, including
Lawsuit filed by CFO last year questions councilors’ eligibility for coverage
Montclair lawyers are fearful of prolonged and costly litigation with the embattled township manager, the council members say.
Acting Township Attorney Paul Burr’s contract extended two months.
Rich McMahon says, “I have been surprised and saddened by the ongoing lawsuit and stories and opinions it has generated. It does not represent either individual I know.”
Bruce Morgan, who conducted a first internal investigation, says he was not contacted by the investigator hired by the town.
Nancy Erika Smith joins another Montclair lawyer, Nesmith Smith, in representing Padmaja Rao, in her discrimination lawsuit against Township Manager Timothy Stafford.
The Faulkner Act ensures Stafford three months of pay, a period that began with the preliminary resolution passed early Wednesday morning.