Thursday, May 14, 2009

Monmouth police dispatcher appeals suspension

Monmouth County emergency dispatcher Robert C. Donatelli, who is listed on Gannett's "DataUniverse" site as having made $53,952 in 2008, was suspended for 6 days for allegedly flubbing a 911 call he received from a woman at Monmouth Regional High School who reported that a person she had a restraining order against was coming near her. Instead of dispatching the police, Donatelli reportedly gave her the police department's telephone number, which turned out to be the incorrect number.

I have placed the disciplinary notices on-line here.

The hearing on the matter will be heard by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL). The OAL has assigned Docket No. CSV192-09 to the case, and, unless it settles, the matter will eventually be heard by an administrative judge, who will make a recommendation to the Department of Personnel affirming, modifying or reversing the discipline imposed.


I chair the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project which seeks to increase governmental transparency and accountability, particularly at a local level.

As part of my work, I routinely check administrative Civil Service appeal dockets. Most often, the public does not get to see these records. I post them on-line for several reasons: a) because they sometimes reveal official wrongdoing by a government employee, b) because they sometimes suggest that a government agency is using the disciplinary process to retaliate (i.e. file trumped up charges) against an politically or otherwise unpopular employee and c) because these appeals and the underlying disciplinary charges cost public money and the taxpayers ought to be aware of how their money is being spent.

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John Paff
Somerset, New Jersey

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