Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Paterson Puts off Official's Penalty

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Paterson Puts off Official's Penalty

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PATERSON -- The city business administrator will begin a two- month unpaid suspension later than scheduled after the City Council granted a request from state officials seeking a delay.

Charles Thomas is now set to leave office on July 16 to fulfill a council-issued sanction following its investigation into why the city paid top directors overtime for working during the Hurricane Irene disaster.

The council last month had set July 3 as the start of the suspension, but voted July 1 to delay it after officials at the state Department of Community Affairs said Thomas needed to finish time-sensitive work, Councilman Kenneth Morris Jr. said.

"I didn't think it was unreasonable," said Morris, who led the overtime investigation.

Thomas needed time to help the city start a new budget cycle, which began Sunday, and complete the hiring process for new workers in the recycling division and summer employees who will help run recreation activities, Morris said.

State officials shared their concerns during a recent conference call with council members -- a relatively new line of communication between city officials and the state overseers who monitor fiscal matters in the city. …

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