Monday, September 8, 2014

Former Executive Director's lawsuit against Gloucester Township Housing Authority

Update: On January 9, 2015, U.S. District Judge Marie Renée Bumb dismissed Rogers' federal claims but did not preclude him from asserting his state law claims in New Jersey Superior Court.  Bumb's opinion is on-line here.
I just learned today that Roy Rogers, the Gloucester Township Housing Authority's (GTHA) former director, filed a lawsuit against the Authority earlier this year alleging that he was improperly fired on February 27, 2013 and that he "was terminated for his objection to unethical GTHA policies and actions." The lawsuit is on-line here.

The most specific allegations start on page 9 and include charges that Mayor David Mayer "became visibly angry and frustrated" when Rogers objected to awarding a contract for a development project to a person who did not submit a bid.  He also charged that he upset Township officials when he "refused to request campaign donations at fundraisers from private contractors for GTHA commissioners and Township officials and candidates." He also claimed that he verbally objected to a land transfer made by GTHA Commissioner Cindy Carlamere and her husband, who is Gloucester Township Attorney David Carlamere, stating that it was "unethical and procedurally improper."

He claimed that his "objections and non-compliance" cause the Township to staff the GTHA with "new commissioners that were opposed to Rogers' continued tenure," including Steven Piccolo, Stan Washington, Kelly Matthews and Steve Orner.