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OPINION: Toms River Compensatory-Time Controversy Costing Taxpayers

I came on to Patch hoping to find some follow up to the report on overtime corruption in Toms River which has been rooted out by the Republican Christie appointed Office of the State Comptroller. The report begins: “Toms River awarded four department heads — including Business Administrator Paul J. Shives — hundreds of hours of compensatory time over the last two years, violating the township’s own policies, according to a report released Wednesday by the Office of the State Comptroller.

Toms River Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher strongly disputed the report, issuing a statement that called it “replete with factual and legal inaccuracies, misrepresentations, and exaggerations,” and claiming “the report has no more legitimacy than a supermarket tabloid.” The entire article can be found at: http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014304090054

Once again, Kelaher has been caught with his incompetent hand in the cookie jar and once again it is we the taxpayers who are paying for what is at best his incompetence and at worse his corruption.

Rather than address the issues brought out by the Republican State Comptroller, Kelaher, Gilmore ally that he is, would rather call names and provide no answer that included any substance at all.

These department heads are each already pulling in six-figure salaries and all the perks that Tom could load them up with. The report went on to state that in “Toms River, the investigation found that Toms River Business Administrator Paul J. “Shives and three other unnamed department heads were awarded hundreds of hours of comp time during the 2010 and 2011 years.

There was no ordinance in Toms River during the time period (the Republican Comptroller) reviewed that specifically allows executive employees to earn compensatory time,” the report states. Department heads who were receiving comp time were “doing so in a manner that is not transparent to the public.” All the better for Tom. He certainly doesn't want the tax payers who are footing the bill to know just how much his “special friends” are costing us.

Better start worrying, Tom. Hopefully, Gilmore and the rest of his stooges won't be far behind. 

Mac April 20, 2014 at 02:57 PM
cap all pensions at a maximum total payout of $40,000 or $50,000 annually, no exceptions - if Christie was seriously about being able to man up and address this situation, this action could be done without grandfathering, but it won't happen for this reason: 95% minimum of the higher pension payments go to elected politicians and their assorted bed pals
Mac April 20, 2014 at 03:00 PM
multiply pensions would boost a few annual pension payments higher, but with all pensions collectively worth $40,000 or $50,000 annually, the pension system would return to a healthy level within a decade at best
grace April 20, 2014 at 03:33 PM
ha then @ mac they move and spend all that money in florida!!
Mac April 20, 2014 at 05:50 PM
@grace - they move to Florida anyway - there are probably more retired NJ politicians living in Florida than their off-spring still padding their pensions back home in NJ - I'd rather they only have $40 to $50 thousand of our pilfered money to spend there than the current $100,000 to $200,000 they are spending now

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