June 13, 1995 |
A Democratic Party activist and former city clerk who was fired last month as an administrative aide at the Chester Economic Development Authority has initiated a complaint with the federal Equal Opportunity Employment Commission alleging racial bias at the authority. Her allegations were denied yesterday by officials at the authority. Sheila Hyland, 47, said that her troubles began at a May 3 staff meeting when Dianne Merlino, the authority's chairwoman, remarked that "Chester High School graduates can't read.
November 23, 1993 |
The Camden City Council is set to approve a 27 percent salary increase for the post of mayor of Camden, effective Jan. 1. The increase to $75,000 a year from the current $59,000 a year will benefit Mayor-elect Arnold W. Webster, who takes office Jan. 1. "We think the mayor of the city is underpaid," said Council president James Mathes Jr. following a Council caucus yesterday. "The raise is not relative to the person, but to the position. It is designed to attract the kind of leadership this city needs.
July 12, 1993 |
Camden Republican mayoral candidate Keith A. Walker does not own property or pay taxes in the city he wants to run. Walker, a Camden native, returned to the city on March 1, when he moved in with his brother on South 12th Street. His wife and children still live in Delaware. Nevertheless, Walker says he is committed to Camden and would move his family into the city if he wins the November election. His current living arrangement does not violate Camden's municipal-election rules.
January 6, 1993 |
Dorothy "Dot" Burley, a longtime soldier in the Camden city Democratic Party, was sworn in yesterday as the new city clerk. Burley, 50, a Camden resident, was sworn in to the $45,847-a-year job in an hour-long ceremony in the Council chambers packed with close to 100 well- wishers. She replaces John Odorisio, who retired Dec. 31 after serving 38 years as the city clerk. Camden Municipal Court Judge James Faison administered the oath, which was followed by a number of testimonials from friends, politicians and family, including Burley's mother, Lucille Boyd.
December 6, 1992 |
Mary Moran has accumulated more than 130 sick days at her job as city clerk, and now she can reap some benefit from the stockpile without getting sick. Under a resolution passed Monday by the City Council, Moran and nine other nonunion city employees who accumulate 50 sick days can sell 15 of them back to the city each year. The employees will receive half a day's pay for each day they sell back. The resolution applies, among others, to the city clerk, the police chief, the deputy fire chief and some of the public library directors.
September 20, 1992 |
Some municipal employees in Gloucester City will get a 5 percent salary increase in October if the City Council approves. The Gloucester City Council will hold a public hearing Oct. 1 to decide whether the employees, including some of the highest-ranking in the government, should get more money. If the pay-increase ordinance is approved, the salary increases will take effect immediately. The proposal was approved on first reading at the Sept. 3 council meeting. Under the terms of the proposal, the city administrator would receive $60,000; the deputy fire chief would be paid $43,050, and the construction official would make $36,037.
September 9, 1992 |
The Camden City Council last night revived a plan to have some of its members elected from wards, only days after city Democratic leaders failed in a petition drive to get such a measure on the November ballot. The plan was reviewed at a council caucus meeting yesterday and will be introduced for first reading at the council meeting tomorrow. The measure would keep council at the same size but would have three of its seven members run at-large and four elected from wards. Now, all council members run at-large.
August 6, 1992 |
The Burlington City administration and police force are moving for the second time in as many years because the owner of their offices at 437 High St. is raising their rent. After a wrenching budget process that ended with a 113-percent increase in local purpose taxes just to make ends meet, the city doesn't have a cent to spare. The first phase of the move begins tomorrow, when the police department relocates from its first-floor offices on High Street to two buildings next to Commerce Square, a city-owned industrial park alongside the Burlington- Bristol Bridge.
February 24, 1992
These last few months - as girders went up and tiles went down and one gargantuan fish tank took in water - it seemed just possible for Camden's well-wishers to think a single, unclouded, hopeful thought about the city. That is: to applaud the New Jersey State Aquarium as a real-life, no-kidding accomplishment, standing on the waterfront for all to see - a much-needed alternative to dwelling morosely and endlessly on Camden's dying-city anguish. But now, a group of local activists is campaigning to block special support services for the very building that city and state officials have been urging the rest of the world to see as a symbol of the city's potential rebirth.
October 9, 1991 |
The records room clerk at the city Detention Center was hooked on a $500-a- day drug habit when an accused killer offered her $7,000 to help him escape, the clerk's lawyer said. Sherrilyn "Tracey" Morton, stepdaughter of Phillip Dukes, deputy superintendent of prisons, accepted the offer in March 1990, then used a prison computer to reduce Jimmy Ruiz's bail from $350,000 to $10,000. Ruiz was released, but showed up in court for his trial. Because he was on bail, he was allowed to come and go as the case proceeded in November.