Update: The move to eliminate the position of Public Safety Director in Brigantine moves forward with confirmed petition signatures. The petition put forth by ‘Concerned Citizens For Brigantine’, had 548 signatures. While some were invalid, only 465 valid signatures were needed. That being said, the Brigantine city clerk certified that the petition did have enough valid signatures to move forward.
This puts Councilmen Pullella & DeLucry in a tough spot. Thus, still no official decision on locking down the Public Safety Director position with their hand picked choice of Dan Howard.
At this past Wednesday’s council meeting, Mayor Guenther and Councilman Simpson called for a vote to eliminate the Public Safety Director position. The request was quickly smacked down by the majority Democratic vote.
Council will vote on the Concerned Citizens petition at the next council meeting: Wed., Feb. 19th.
If Mr Pullella, Mr. DeLucry & crew disagrees with this certified petition signed by local residents, the Public Safety Director position will then be decided by a special election.
City Council will have 20 days to act on the petition. If adopted, acting Public Safety Director; Dan Howard, would be given his pink slip and sent packing. This could certainly be a public relations & political nightmare for Pullella & DeLucry.
If the Democratic majority of council ignores the citizen petition, they’ll tap the taxpayers to pay for a special election.