Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Morris County corrections officer appeals 10 day suspension

Morris County Corrections Officer Michael R. Bell, who is listed on Gannett's "DataUniverse" site as having been in public service for 20 years and having made $73,357 in 2007, has appealed a 10 day suspension imposed upon him. Bell had been suspended for 10 days for not following jail rules and not properly anticipating that force would be needed to gain the compliance of new inmate Thomas Provenzano.

Bell's Final Notice of Discipline on-line here.

The appeal will be heard by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL). The OAL has assigned Docket No. CSV1476-09 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.

For more information on the Libertarian Party, click here. For similar postings on other government officials, see my blog.

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