Middletown Mayor Tony Fiore has asked for the resignation of Middletown Library Board President Randall Gabrielan because Gabrielan has been selling books to the library personally and signing the purchase orders for those books himself as president of the board, according to a report on Middletown Patch.
Gabrielan, a former insurance broker, is also the Executive Director of the Monmouth County Historical Commission, a pensionable position for which he earned $35,391 in 2010, according to APP.com’s Data Universe.
Middletown’s Vendor History report on Gabrielan reveals that he has sold the library $778.45 worth of books since 2007.
Gabrielan told Patch that he considered Fiore’s move to be “political retribution” for his opposition to the Library turning over $500,000 of its surplus to the Township in last year’s budget.
Fiore said that it is a matter of ethics and fiscal accountability. The mayor has turned the matter over to the state’s Department of Community Affairs’ Division of Local Government Local Government Services.
Library Board Trustee Sherry Miloscia also signed Gabrielan’s purchase orders. Yesterday, Library Director Susan O’Neal informed Fiore that Miloscia resigned effective January 20.