On August 6, 2013, an Administrative Law Judge will conduct a confidential settlement conference regarding a police discipline matter captioned In the Matter of Jon Andrews, OAL Docket No. 08542-2013 or Civil Service 2013-3466).
Andrews, a Lavallette Police sergeant has appealed a 20 day suspension for “conduct unbecoming a public employee” and “other sufficient cause” that was imposed by way of a Final Notice of Disciplinary Action issued on May 31, 2013. According to the police, Andrews was “suspended without pay” by way of a written notice issued by Police Chief Colin Grant on August 22, 2012. The notice accused Andrews of being “involved in sending and receiving text messages and pictures of a lewd, lascivious and/or inappropriate nature during working hours to a fellow member of the Lavallette Police Department with remarks as to another Department member.” He was also charged with claiming three hours of overtime for attending a court session that he did not in fact attend.
Despite the “without pay” provision of Chief Grant’s notice, the Borough Council, at a September 5, 2012 special meeting, “voted to extend the paid medical leave of Sgt. John Andrews until a disciplinary hearing can be held by the police department.” (See, Ocean Star, September 7, 2012 “Council Votes to Extend Officer’s Paid Medical Leave.”)
Andrews’ appeal and Grant’s August 22, 2012 notice are on-line here. Andrews is being represented by Anthony Pope, Esq. of Newark. The Borough is being represented by Eric Bernstein, Esq. of Warren.