In the Daily Journal this morning there is an interesting article. The courts have ordered that the Gloucester County Freeholder Board be monitored for transparency. Apparently (or maybe not so apparent, hence the order) The Gloucester County Freeholders routinely violated the Sunshine Act and discussed public business behind closed doors.
A Superior Court judge Tuesday approved an independent monitor to determine whether the Gloucester County freeholders are conducting public business in accordance with the state’s Open Public Meetings Act.
Assignment Judge Francis Orlando Jr., presiding in Camden, made the decision after repeatedly asking the freeholders’ attorney for a response to claims the county violated the meetings statute, also known as the Sunshine Law.
There were long pauses as Michael Sullivan, who represented the county, struggled for answers.
About a year ago, an appeals panel found the county had violated the public meetings law by adopting policies, creating positions and discussing pay for county employees and legal counsel in closed sessions.
Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen Sweeney has been a regular support of Lou Magazzu, going so far as to improperly contribute to Lou’s failed NACo slush fund from his own campaign chest. One has to wonder if Lou’s merry band of Freeholders have ever had closed door meetings and discussed public business?