Monmouth Freeholders to strip Curley of most of his duties

The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders will strip disgraced Freeholder John P. Curley of most of his duties when the Board reorganizes on Friday afternoon at Biotechnology High School in Freehold, according to the meeting agenda.

Curley, who was Censured and Reprimanded by his colleagues last month for harassment, bullying and using vulgar language toward County employees and constituents—including a teenager, using homophobic slurs, and for lying to the retired Acting Supreme Court Justice who investigated the harassment complaints against him, has been the Freeholder Liaison to Brookdale Community College, The County Fire Marshall and Fire Academy, the Board of Health and the Division of Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services.

For 2018, Freeholder Lillian Burry, Deputy Director of the Board, will oversee Brookdale, and the Division of Aging, Disabilities and Veterans,in addition to her other ongoing responsibilities.  Newly elected Freeholder Patrick Impreveduto will take on the Fire Marshall/Academy and Board of Health.   Additionally, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone is backing up Burry as liaison to the Police Academy, a duty that Curley previously held.

Curley will continue as liaison to Social Services, Transportation, Mental Health and Addiction Services, the County Adjuster and the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative.

“This is the result of the unfortunate position Mr. Curley has put us in,” Burry said in a phone interview with MMM. “He’s been censured for his conduct and he is suing us.  We must act in the best interests of the County and our employees.”

Impreveduto told MMM that, despite the unfortunate circumstance, he is honored to support the County’s firefighters.   “The men and women of our fire companies are true heroes who courageously put their lives at risk to protect their neighbors lives and property,” Impreveduto said.  “In addition to our respect, admiration and support, they deserve the best possible training and equipment available.   I will make sure they have it.”

Reached on the phone this morning, Curley, who has not denied his behavior, said, “I have no comment,” and hung up.

Posted: January 4th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: John Curley, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 9 Comments »

9 Comments on “Monmouth Freeholders to strip Curley of most of his duties”

  1. Mike Harmon said at 4:36 pm on January 4th, 2018:

    Freeholder Curley is somehow different or worse than other pols called a “bully” when some government employees don’t like them and who use salty language from time to time.

    Unlike President Trump
    Unlike Governor Christie
    Unlike Hillary Clinton
    Unlike Dick Cheney
    Unlike President Bush
    Unlike most of the readers who held elected office in this forum….


    At least Freeholder Curley always shows up, is passionate about his office and has the support of many people (including Rs, Ds and Is) who don’t read this forum

    Pathetic waste of energy and virtue signaling at its worst.

  2. Art Gallagher said at 5:06 pm on January 4th, 2018:

    We don’t often disagree,Mike. But you are on the wrong side of this one,unless, you would be OK with a woman you love being called a cu*nt by a superior at work or you’d be OK with a teen aged relative being offered to be taught by an elected official “how to sweat a pipe.”

  3. Agree, Art, said at 6:00 pm on January 4th, 2018:

    but it is time to move forward and field two experienced, loyal winners to run this year, to keep this county moving forward in the right direction. Let us rationally bring up and discuss good and blemish- free candidates. Wish Susan Cohen would re- consider and step forward, now. If not, let Claire French come out of retirement: the biggest county vote- getter over all her years, since Ted Narozanick. Gary Rich is a stable, decent winner,who should not have been dropped. Gerry Scharfenberger has it all, and ought to be one of the two. If Barbara Mc Morrow is back to her good health, come on in.. This is no time for county novices, or on-the- job training of new names to county voters, no time for folks from the back of the bench. We need winning grown- ups who will carry the county for us in a rough Congressional year- each district will be a challenge as the new Gov and senator beat the bushes for all Dems, and, fund them. Pay attention, and get with it now, MCRC!

  4. Dirty Hippe said at 7:37 pm on January 4th, 2018:

    Which President Bush are you referring to, Mike Harmon? The President Bush that likes to sexually harass and grope women or the President Bush that started an unnecessary war in Iraq that got over 4,000 American service members killed?

  5. Mike Harmon said at 10:26 am on January 5th, 2018:

    I think Freeholder Curley should know that he is not alone and redemption is possible. He has much more support than many imagine on all sides of the aisle. Yes he is outspoken and direct and he made some mistakes. The man has a big heart for those in Monmouth who are in need. Not only is he a “spending hawk”, he is an advocate for our kids, open space, access to beaches and our rivers. That counts for me. Often things are interpreted more harshly than intended. Sometimes a particular joke or comment is offensive to some while others laugh.

    Who is making the rules? Anonymous posters? Democrats? Pols or gov employees with a grudge? Who fired up the train to run it off the cliff?

    Regarding other potential candidates for open Freeholder seats. Mayor Scharfenberger would be my pick. He is very smart, thoughtful, has a great personality, cares deeply about Monmouth and has a winning track record.

  6. Unfortunately, said at 10:59 am on January 5th, 2018:

    the situation was let go for too long, and problems were left to appointees to handle, rather than politically. Many may feel sorry for the man, but there is that stubborn streak that makes it hard to deal with. The party must now, and in the future, pay more attention to the day to day, screen candidates smartly and carefully, and understand that it is never over, one election rolls into the next, and that we must be very diligent and on top of everything, if we want to keep winning this county. The wolves are always at the door. Let’s get on with it!

  7. Art Gallagher said at 12:58 pm on January 5th, 2018:


    Did you read the Freeholders’ resolution of Censure and Reprimand? Watch the videos of the censure meeting? John is not being reprimanded for an isolated incident.

    You’re right that John is not alone. Nor is he beyond redemption. He does have a lot of well deserved support. But, he has, by his own actions and defiance, disqualified himself from being a Republican nominee for Freeholder.

    By the looks of how this is going, the voters will decide if his conduct is acceptable to them. I would not bet on it.

    As far as redemption, the nuns at St. John’s and the Jesuits at Georgetown taught me that contrition is the first step toward redemption. I bet the brothers at CBA taught that to join as well.

    Unfortunately for John, he has demonstrated no contrition nor accepted any responsibility for his behavior. Rather, he is wasting taxpayers’ money by advancing a ridiculous legal argument that he has a Constitution right to berate County employees, call female employees cu*ts and bitches, call gay employees faggots and teach a teenager how to sweat a pipe, but that his fellow Freeholders do not have right to reprimand him for that conduct.

    He’s making an absurd argument that he is the victim of a political witch hunt and that his conduct, which could still cost the county significant money should any of his victims sue, is no big deal.

    Who is setting the rules, you ask, Mike. That would be Lillian Burry, Tom Arnone, Serena DiMaso and Gary Rich. They are the ones who had the complaint against John investigated. Found the report of the investigation credible, and decided to censure and reprimand.

    Frankly, Mike. I’m really surprised that someone as experienced and astute as you are, is falling for Angelo Genova’s line of B.S. here.

    We agree that Gerry Scharfenberger will be an excellent Freeholder. We have a deep bench many other fine choices too.

  8. Mike Harmon said at 7:01 pm on January 5th, 2018:

    Sometimes politicians and journalists become tone deaf and are so determined to achieve their “supposedly good cause” agenda (Russian Collusion comes to mind along with Bridgegate) that they attack everyone who doesn’t agree with them personally along with lots of virtue signalling. Having worked on thousands of claims and lawsuits as a forensic accountant and CPA, I am very use to seeing bills of particular that are overstated and when we dig in they are often unsupported or unjustified. I am not defending any of the rather harsh charges that Art repeats every chance he gets to educate us so diligently. Of course others also try and take out anyone who question this doomed process, I read the list and question where is the big crime? Where is the lawsuit filed by the offended person? It also seems that some have problems with Freeholder Curley defending himself. Freeholder Curley is a good man and if he did some things he regrets or were wrong, he will try and make amends.

  9. Doesn’t sound said at 7:49 pm on January 5th, 2018:

    contrite so far. There were no apologies, just assurances of a fight today at county re-org. If he was sorry, both state and federal lawsuits pending, plus running a 24,000 tab for the investigation so far, do not make for a warm, fuzzy welcome back into the fold and onto the ticket. We need to accept that something very unfortunate has happened, and that the party must unite behind two strong candidates, who can win.