I’m not sure if there has been any newspaper coverage of the settlement of Richard J. Adair’s lawsuit against Gary DeMarzo and the City of Wildwood.  The lawsuit I mean is not the one in which DeMarzo was forced to choose between his job with the police department or his position on the City Commission, but the one where Adair claimed the DeMarzo retaliated against him after he (Adair) investigated an Internal Affairs complaint that led to “major disciplinary charges” being filed against DeMarzo.

Although the City’s response to my OPRA request was incomplete (see my e-mail to Karen Gose below), it appears that the City’s insurer proposed that the suit be settled for $150,000.  I haven’t seen anything about this in the newspapers’ archives.

I will post the protective order and actual settlement agreement when they are provided.  What I’ve received so far from the City is on-line here.

John Paff, Chairman
New Jersey Libertarian Party’s
Open Government Advocacy Project
[email protected]


Dear Ms. Gose:

I am in receipt of your e-mail and attachment pertaining to my OPRA request for documents related to Adair v. Demarzo, et al, Docket No. CPM-L-727-09.  You provided me with a 28-page PDF file that contained the 10/22/2009 complaint (spanning pages 4 – 28) and a June 13, 2011 letter from Scibal and Associates, Inc. (spanning pages 2 – 3) that recommended to the Mayor and Council that Adair’s suit be settled for $150,000. 

Please review the original OPRA request (page 1) and note that I asked for three distinct records:

1. The complaint, which was filed on or about 10/22/09.
2. The Protective Order, which was filed on or about 05/27/10.
3. The Settlement Agreement between the parties, that was NOT filed but was entered into in or about Summer of 2011.

Of these three items, only #1 was furnished.  Your response completely ignores #2 and instead of providing me the “settlement agreement” requested in #3, you sent me a letter from Scibal asking the Mayor and Council if it had a problem with settling for $150,000.

Please furnish me with the documents that are responsive to this request.

Very truly yours,

Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project. Please send all comments to [email protected]