Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Garfield Tries to Combat Its Cronyism Image

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Garfield Tries to Combat Its Cronyism Image

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GARFIELD — A city school board member would have to wait 18 months after stepping down to be hired by the district, under a policy being proposed to combat a perception that the district is rife with cronyism.

The board's current policy, which is in line with state regulations, states a board member cannot be hired for six months after he or she leaves the board.

But trustee Richard Derrig has proposed extending that time. At a meeting on Dec. 18, the board endorsed the change, which is to be introduced this month.

"This is going to show good faith that we really mean business," said Derrig, when it comes to showing favoritism in hiring. "It will be good for everyone, including board members and taxpayers."

As an example of cronyism, Derrig cited the hiring of former board vice president Tony Lio.

Lio decided not to run for re-election in April 2013. …

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