After reporting on a $150,000 settlement in Dwayne Breeden’s whistleblower and discrimination lawsuit against Neptune Township (Monmouth County) Fire District No. 1, I decided to request a Division of Fire Safety report that, according to Breeden, found a number of “regulatory violations” and “financial and budgetary irregularities” in the Fire District. I’ve placed the Division’s October 28, 2013 “Field Monitoring Visit” on-line.
The report essentially backs up Breeden’s lawsuit’s claims. While it lists a number of regulatory paperwork violations, the report most notably points out that the Neptune Board failed to properly account for $101,900.35 it received in enforcement penalties. The report also found that Breeden was placed in the position of “Temporary Fire Official” for longer than permitted.
By John Paff
Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project. Please send all comments to email@example.com