Kathryn Kinney charged with theft
Remember Kathryn Kinney?
Former Acting Business Administrator under fire
If you followed Hoboken’s budget debacle closely for the past two years you know the name.
The plucky brunette emerged from the shadows of Hoboken City Hall to take a lead role in the budget discussions at council meetings, only to disappear from the scene as fast as she appeared. Now she’s been charged with third-degree theft and third-degree misapplication of entrusted property by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office. The Asbury Park Press reports Kinney is charged with stealing $10,219 during her time as executive director of the nonprofit Poricy Park Conservancy. They allege Kinney took the money so she could make mortgage payments on her Bridgewater home. The APP reported:
“An investigation revealed that Kinney took the money from the organization’s accounts on Sept. 27, 2006, so she could forestall foreclosure proceedings on her home, the office said. Kinney’s employment with the conservancy, which helps maintain and preserve the tow nship-owned park, ended in June 2007, the office said. First Assistant Prosecutor Peter Warshaw declined to say whether Kinney attempted to return the money, how long she worked for the conservancy, what prompted the investigation or what was the fate of her home.”
Brought in by Dave Roberts
Kinney was part of the team of accountants from Donohue, Gironda and Doria, which was brought in four years ago by former Mayor David Roberts as part of a failed “experiment” to outsource the city Finance Office. The firm was paid over $300k a year to take care of the city’s books. When former Business Administrator Richard England admitted that there were overdue unpaid bills at a City Council meeting, Roberts claimed he knew nothing about it and blamed Donohue, Gironda and Doria point man Fred Tomkins for the move. With Tomkins thrown under the bus and England giving up the BA post, Kinney started showing up at council meetings as the person who would bring messages to the governing body from State Fiscal Monitor Judy Tripodi. Katie (as she was known) also got high marks and praise from Councilman Peter Cunningham before she disappeared.
Here’s one of her many appearances at City Hall (from last summer):
(Thanks estevens for the vid cap)
Was almost given permanent job here
Tripodi was widely expected to name Kinney to be the Hoboken Director of Finance back in January. Shortly thereafter she was let go by her firm, and later dispatched by Tripodi as well. Some wonder whether the investigation into this incident may have had something to do with it. With Kinney out of the picture Tripodi appointed Nick Transente instead.
Kinney faces up to 5 years in prison if convicted.
Other trouble in 2005
OH – and this isn’t the first time Kinney was had her run-ins with Johnny Law (and quite possibly Johnny Walker, too). She got arrested for some alleged drunken insubordination down in Bridgewater, as well:
“The township’s treasurer and chief financial officer was fired Wednesday, three days after she was arrested in South Bound Brook on disorderly persons and obstructing justice charges. Mayor Patricia Flannery said Thursday that Kathryn Kinney was dismissed for “conduct unbecoming a public official,” as outlined by township ordinance. Kinney, 38, repeatedly screamed profanities and attempted to hit a police officer during the incident, which occurred shortly after midnight Sunday, South Bound Brook police Chief Robert Verry said.”
This, as well as having a drunk driving accident in 2003 too!
Now that’s one spicy lady who knows how to party!