Posted inNJ Open Government Notes

NJ Supreme Court: Jail guard’s separation agreement with County is disclosable under OPRA.

On Monday, March 7, 2022, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that settlement agreements that resolve disciplinary charges against public employees, redacted as necessary, are disclosable under the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling reversed a September 4, 2020 Appellate Division opinion that held that “a settlement agreement resolving internal […]

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South Jersey township settles lawsuit, promises to be more transparent.

At its November 8, 2021 meeting, the Downe Township (Cumberland County) Committee adopted Res. R-107-2021 that settled my lawsuit that sought to require the Committee to better comply with the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). The lawsuit, John Paff v. Downe Township Committee, Docket No. CUM-L-637-21 (PDF here and MS Word here), sought two different […]

Posted inNJ Civil Settlements

Lower Township paid $130,000 to settle female detective’s hostile work environment lawsuit.

On October 19, 2021, the Township of Lower (Cape May County) agreed to pay $130,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a female patrol officer who claimed that she was repeatedly passed over for promotion, discriminated against during her pregnancies and had to endure her buttocks being groped by a training instructor. In her lawsuit, […]

Posted inNJ Police Internal Affairs Complaints

Internal Affairs Complaint against NJ State Police Detective who stopped a vehicle on a “hunch.”

On February 7, 2022, I filed the following Internal Affairs complaint against three New Jersey State Police Detectives. New Jersey State PoliceOffice of Professional StandardsIntake and Adjudication BureauP.O. Box 7068West Trenton, NJ 08628-0068via e-mail only to [email protected] Dear Sir or Madam: Please accept this e-mail as my complaint against Detective Carlos Estevez and, to a […]