Freeholder John Curley is asking for a five figure payment and the continuation of his County provided health insurance in exchange for his resignation from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, according to multiple sources familiar with the proceedings which occurred in federal court in Trenton on Monday.
The settlement, if approved by the freeholders, would potentially cost Monmouth County taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars as the County self-insures.
Curley has reportedly been participating in the County’s health plan since his employment with his brother’s car dealership in Lakewood was severed last year.
Curley was the subject of an investigation into sexual harassment complaints by multiple County employees which commenced in June following an incident at a Memorial Day parade in the county. The investigation was conducted by a retired Superior Court Judge who issued a report in late October.
The Freeholder Board was set to act on the report at a Special Meeting on Monday, December 4 by updating, expanding and reinforcing the County’s policy on the prohibition of workplace discrimination and harassment and considering a resolution of censure of Curley.
The Special Meeting was postponed following the filing of Curley’s federal lawsuit and Temporary Restraining Order which sought to prevent the Board of Freeholders from acting on the report. U.S. District Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti declined to issue the TRO. The Special Meeting will be rescheduled within the week.