The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders will strip disgraced Freeholder John P. Curley of most of his duties when the Board reorganizes on Friday afternoon at Biotechnology High School in Freehold, according to the meeting agenda.
Curley, who was Censured and Reprimanded by his colleagues last month for harassment, bullying and using vulgar language toward County employees and constituents—including a teenager, using homophobic slurs, and for lying to the retired Acting Supreme Court Justice who investigated the harassment complaints against him, has been the Freeholder Liaison to Brookdale Community College, The County Fire Marshall and Fire Academy, the Board of Health and the Division of Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services.
For 2018, Freeholder Lillian Burry, Deputy Director of the Board, will oversee Brookdale, and the Division of Aging, Disabilities and Veterans,in addition to her other ongoing responsibilities. Newly elected Freeholder Patrick Impreveduto will take on the Fire Marshall/Academy and Board of Health. Additionally, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone is backing up Burry as liaison to the Police Academy, a duty that Curley previously held.
Curley will continue as liaison to Social Services, Transportation, Mental Health and Addiction Services, the County Adjuster and the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative.
“This is the result of the unfortunate position Mr. Curley has put us in,” Burry said in a phone interview with MMM. “He’s been censured for his conduct and he is suing us. We must act in the best interests of the County and our employees.”
Impreveduto told MMM that, despite the unfortunate circumstance, he is honored to support the County’s firefighters. “The men and women of our fire companies are true heroes who courageously put their lives at risk to protect their neighbors lives and property,” Impreveduto said. “In addition to our respect, admiration and support, they deserve the best possible training and equipment available. I will make sure they have it.”
Reached on the phone this morning, Curley, who has not denied his behavior, said, “I have no comment,” and hung up.