William Johnson resigned his seat on the Oceanport Borough Council on November 1, due to his recent employment by Monmouth County. Johnson’s resignation was first reported by LittleSilver-Oceanport Patch.
Johnson is the Monmouth County Recycling Coordinator, working out of the County Reclamation Center in Tinton Falls. Prior to his employment by the county, Johnson was a loan officer at Colonial American Bank.
Municipal elected officials from Monmouth County towns are banned from employment with the county due to a Resolution proposed by Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, then a Freeholder, in 2005. The resolution was passed unanimously by the all Republican Freeholder Board in April of 2005 in the wake of the Operation Bid Rig raid that February wherein numerous county employees and municipal elected officials were arrested on corruption charges.
Employees who held elective office at the time the resolution was passed were grandfathered. County Administrator Teri O’Connor said this morning “there might be a few” employees still grandfathered and holding elected office, but she wasn’t aware of any.
Freeholder Director Tom Arnone said that Johnson applied for the job through a posting on the County’s website, and that the appointment was not a matter of political patronage.