Former Howell Mayor Joe DiBella resigned from the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees because the “personal and professional” threats that prompted him to take a leave of absence last fall have continued and intensified, according to his resignation letter which has been obtained by MMM.
DiBella said that “the loudest voices against” him within the college community “are from those who opposed the needed actions and reforms” that he “recommended as a Trustee…”
In his letter to Dr. Carl Guzzo, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees, DiBella said:
Since the initial controversy over my Twitter account commenced in the fall of 2016, I have spent considerable time and effort reflecting on the situation and the events that unfolded. To be clear, I did not “like” the offensive tweets I am accused of “liking” or endorsing. I believed then as I do now that someone or some parties breached my Twitter account. Regrettably, the organized campaign against me by certain special interests has and continues to negatively impact me, my family and the college.
After months of continued criticism, personal and professional threats and an intensification of the efforts by those who disagree with me, it is clear certain detractors will not stop in their efforts to attack me. The fact that the loudest voices against me are from those who oppose needed actions and reforms I recommended as a Trustee should not go unnoticed.
In light of this, I have determined I can no longer effectively function as a Trustee and so for the good of the school, I have decided not complete the remaining few months of my term. I hope that this decision will bring this issue to closure and allow the College and the Board to resume its business. In closing, it is my hope that Brookdale Community College continues to flourish and that all points of view are welcomed and respected. I thank the Board members for their friendship and the Freeholders for allowing me to have served.
DiBella said that he has nothing to add beyond what is in the letter.
The anonymous leaker who emailed the letter to MMM wrote, “He pissed off the wrong people at the college.”