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Open Government Advocacy Project:
Four Gloucester officials file financial statements, three others not required to file

Issue Detail:

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




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