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Cumberland County local school district paid out $70,000 to settle whistleblower lawsuit.

On September 29, 2019, the Fairfield Township (Cumberland County) Board of Education paid $70,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the district’s former interim superintendent/principal. The lawsuit claimed that district officials, due to the former interim superintendent/principal’s objections to their requests that he “get himself excused” from grand jury duty, retaliated against him by cutting […]

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State fines Fairfield’s former mayor, current land use board member $500 for incomplete financial disclosure filings.

On November 14, 2019, the New Jersey Local Finance Board, the state agency that chiefly enforces the Local Government Ethics Law, issued a Notice of Violation to a former mayor and current land use board member of Fairfield Township (Cumberland County).  The notice stated that the official failed to report his wife’s income and his […]

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Former Fairfield mayor contests a $100 ethics fine.

In her June 29, 2017 letter, Former Fairfield Mayor Viola Thomas Hughes has requested an Administrative Law Judge’s review of a $100 ethics fine assessed against her by the Local Finance Board, the chief enforcer of the Local Government Ethics Law (LGEL). According to the Board’s June 14, 2017 Notice of Violation, Thomas Hughes, while […]

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Fairfield mayor, former deputy mayor, fight $100 ethics fines.

In a June 6, 2017 letter, Fairfield Township Solicitor John G. Carr advised the Local Finance Board, the chief enforcer of the Local Government Ethics Law (LGEL), that his clients, Mayor Benjamin Byrd and former Deputy Mayor Troy Pitts, seek to have an Administrative Law Judge review $100 ethics fines that the Board levied against […]

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Fairfield Committeeman “reprimanded” and fined for violating Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act.

On October 25, 2017, the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) fined a Fairfield Township (Cumberland County) Committeeman $275 and reprimanded him for filing a campaign financing statement 609 days late.  A similar complaint against another Fairfield Committeeman is pending. According to state law, candidates for public office are supposed to file various election-cycle reports that […]

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Arbitrator rules in Servais’ favor and dismisses Wayne Byrd’s claims.

In his 2014 lawsuit, Wayne Byrd, a Township employee from 2004 to 2008 and the brother of current Fairfield Mayor Benjamin Byrd, claimed that former Mayor and Township Committee member JoAnne L. Servais violated the terms of a confidential settlement agreement by disclosing that he was paid a settlement amount of $72,000 and that she […]

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Former Interim Superintendent for Fairfield’s (Cumberland) school district files “whistleblower” lawsuit.

On August 14, 2017, the former Interim Superintendent of the Fairfield Township (Cumberland County) School District filed a Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) or “whistleblower” lawsuit against the school district claiming that he was denied a three-year contract because school officials were displeased that he would not get excused from jury duty. In his lawsuit, […]

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Acting Fairfield Township CFO was fired for improperly paying herself the CFO salary instead of $12.75 per hour.

At its public meeting on February 3, 2015, the Township of Fairfield (Cumberland County) passed Resolution 62-2015 that terminated Keyanna Jones’ employment with the Township.  The actual decision to terminate Jones was made during a January 20, 2015 meeting, the minutes of which are available at the above link.  According to those minutes, the decision […]

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Fairfield ordered to pay $93,570.57 in unpaid compensation to former employee.

In a June 30, 2016 opinion, Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Richard J. Geiger found that Fairfield Township failed to establish good cause for terminating its former Code Enforcement/Zoning Officer and was liable to the same employee for $93,570.57 in unpaid compensation, unused vacation and sick days and for fourteen hours of lunch time. In […]

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Much of taxpayers’ shouldering of Sharp’s $75,000 settlement was avoidable.

Had Fairfield Township been compliant with its insurer’s “Plan of Risk Management” requirements at the time of the acts that led to former Mayor Michael Sharp’s lawsuit, a $20,000–rather than a $100,000–deductible would have applied.  With the lower deductible, Fairfield taxpayers would have paid $31,000 (i.e. $20,000 plus 20% coinsurance on the remaining $55,000) toward […]