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Fairfield Township Informant

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 […]