Unfortunately I am unable to write the fourth and final piece to my “All In The Family” due to ongoing litigation. Though technically it is not litigation but more of a procedural process by the Saddle Brook Board of Education. But to be fair to all parties concerned, it is better I don’t tell the real story if for no other reason than it will piss off the people that will decide this process which will ultimately and undoubtedly impact the victim family.
The hard truth is that while most of the BOE members appeared to be on the side of the victim family whose father happens to be one of their fellow board members, a few who decided politics was more important, were not.
The future good news is that both Councilman Cimiluca and Councilwoman D’Arminio intend to pass an ordinance regulating the township’s use of social media. A lot of what has happened with this entire incident has very much to do with what was said and who said it on social media. The mayor himself made a faux pas on Facebook while commenting to a post by a captain of the police department. Bottom line to this is that the captain should never have publicly expressed his opinion, the mayor should have realized this but instead fueled the fire and was forced to change his post and then apologize to the victim family, and top it all off, the mayor should have ordered the police chief to see to it that this captain was in some way disciplined. But since this captain is running for office on the BOE, is politically endorsed by the mayor, and the brother-in-law of the chief of police, nothing has nor nothing will happen. Understandable.
Mayor White publicly stated at the July council meeting that he was all in favor of a social media ordinance. The question now, and the fight I assume, will be if there is any teeth to this ordinance. No different than the townships anti-nepotism “executive order” which has no teeth and is not law, can anyone or will anyone be held accountable.
The mayor said there is already a social media policy within the township “handbook”. The board of education has recently adopted a social media policy. Will just the both of these be the model for the township ordinance? Councilwoman D’Arminio intends to also look into a policy from a former state trooper who owns a company that offers this service which is geared to including the police department. These services are accredited by police chiefs association.
The council cried uncle to the mayor with the anti-nepotism ordinance. They knuckled under because they couldn’t get their act together. Even some on this council can’t see the forest through the trees and acknowledge the goings-on under their watch. By ‘executive order’ only, and not being an ordinance, they inadvertently gave full accountability to the mayor when he is part of the problem! No one person should have the ultimate say. Laws are what keep things fair.
Let’s now watch and see if this goes the way it should or by the wayside.