New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project: Four Gloucester officials file financial statements, three others not required to file
On September 11, 2009, I filed a complaint against nineteen (19) Gloucester City officials for failing to file their Financial Disclosure Statements that were due to be filed by no later than April 30, 2008. The complaints were filed with the Local Finance Board, which is within the Department of Community Affairs, and which has the power to fine municipal officials who fail to file.
On January 31, 2011 and February 28, 2011, I received updates from the Local Finance Board advising that
a) the following four officials had filed their forms: Former Councilman William R. Hagan, Planning/Zoning Board members Patrick Cerone and Jean McLaughlin and Board of Health member John Schmidt.
b) Clerk Kathleen Jentsch determined that the following officials weren't required by law to file Financial Statements, even though the city previously told them that they had to file: Historic Preservation Committee member Mary Jean Goheen, Urban Enterprise Zone member Dianne Fisher and Electrical Inspector William Fisher.
As of March 1, 2011, my complaint against the following twelve officials are still pending:
Murphy, Ryan; Planning/Zoning Board
Smallock, Michael; Planning/Zoning Board
Wunsch, Frank; Planning/Zoning Board
Brandt, Jack; Planning/Zoning Board Alt.
Hagan; Colleen; Library Board
Kain, Mary Francis; Library Board
Gurick, Joanne B.; Library Board
Hartzel, Joseph; Board of Health
Gorman, Bernadette; Board of Health
Dobleman, Dan; Board of Health
Bonner, Michael; Board of Health Solicitor
Gorman, Kathy J.; Housing Authority
It is worth noting that the statements these twelve officials are charged with not filing are almost three years overdue. My complaint and the updates from the City are on-line here.
John Paff, Chair
New Jersey Libertarian Party's
Open Government Advocacy Project