Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Clifton Board to Spread Word on Trustee Vacancy

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Clifton Board to Spread Word on Trustee Vacancy

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CLIFTON -- It won't have the final say-so, but the Board of Education will soon invite candidates to apply for a vacant trustee seat after apparently settling a dispute with state education staff over who should make the appointment.

Among those who have already expressed interest in the position are a former board president, a retired police officer, a Passaic police detective and a councilman who decided not to run for reelection in November.

The board on Monday gave the go-ahead to Robert Davis, interim executive county superintendent of schools for Passaic County and the state Education Department's liaison to local districts, to choose the successor to Wayne Demikoff. The 17-year board member resigned last month amid a controversy over his residency in Clifton.

Davis met with the board to discuss the appointment process, reiterating his position that he -- and not the board -- would fill the seat because Demikoff was removed from office before he tendered his resignation.

The removal came, Davis said, after a ruling by the county superintendent of elections in November that Demikoff hadn't been a registered Clifton voter, because he moved to Morris County and listed his new address on his driver's license.

Clifton Superintendent Richard Tardalo said Wednesday that the board would run an advertisement in local papers for the open seat starting today. Applications are to be submitted to Davis' office within 10 days, he said.

The new trustee will not be in place by next week's reorganization, but Tardalo said he hoped Davis would make a selection before the board's meeting on Jan. 14.

In interviews, several people said they would apply. They included former board President Michael Urciuoli and retired Police Officer Jeff Camp, who ran unsuccessfully for the board in November. Councilman Matt Ward, who opted not to run for reelection, also said he would consider submitting an application.

Andy White, a Passaic police detective who ran unsuccessfully in November, also said he would apply for the position. …

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