Employment Law - County Exec. Barred a Hire
A state judge on Tuesday gave encouragement, if only temporary, to county clerks in power struggles with their county executive over hiring policies. Bergen County Assignment Judge Peter Doyne refused to dismiss a suit by the clerk against the executive, finding that litigation between two elected officials constitutes a matter of significant public interest. He also rejected the executive’s motion to wait for a permanent budget, saying he could decide the matter based on the temporary budget. Though Doyne said it seemed unlikely that the clerk would prevail, he was not satisfied that the executive had made a strong enough showing that the hiring veto was a proper exercise of her discretion.
BERGEN CLERK CAN PURSUE A SUIT AGAINST COUNTY EXECUTIVE WHO BARRED A HIRE
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