NJ Advance Media has written about the recent lawsuit we filed on behalf of Libertarians for Transparent Government seeking a settlement/separation agreement between Cumberland County and a corrections officer who allegedly had inappropriate relationships with inmates. The lawsuit also asks the Court to find that Cumberland County violated OPRA when it told Plaintiff that the corrections officer was “terminated for disciplinary reasons,” when the Pension Board’s meeting minutes state that he was allowed to “retire in good standing.”
PSWH partner CJ Griffin is quoted in the article:
Attorney CJ Griffin, representing the plaintiff, argued that the county has provided a distorted view of Ellis’ case.
“By indicating that Ellis had been terminated for a disciplinary infraction, it leads the public to believe that Ellis paid a price for his admitted misconduct,” the suit states, “In reality, according to the pension board’s minutes, Cumberland County instead allowed him to ‘retire in good standing.'”
The South Jersey Times also published an editorial on the case, arguing that settlement agreements with employees should never be confidential.
For more information on the lawsuit and to review the pleadings, visit John Paff’s “NJ Open Government Notes” blog.