Sherman to resign
Another 3/28/2007 Update:
It’s rumored that City Hall has already picked Steven Kleinman (from Scarinci & Hollenbeck) as the official successor to Sherman. No further confirmation at this time.
Here’s a little tidbit from today’s NJ.com Political Insider column:
“Although he was asked to attend the Fitzgibbons luncheon, again at the last moment, Hoboken Mayor Dave Roberts stayed away. Roberts still made news by getting rid of Corporation Counsel Joe Sherman. The mayor asked for Sherman’s resignation and the lawyer refused. Anyway, he’s gone.
Some people see this as a thumb in the eye of politically active attorney Donald Scarinci, right-hand man for U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez. Sherman is from the Scarinci & Hollenbeck law firm in Lyndhurst. The idea is that the removal is retaliation for a lack of support for Kenny who is now not seeking re-election.
More than likely, it was a case of a clash of personalities. Things were not happy between Roberts and Sherman for about two years. It is expected that another attorney from the Scarinci law firm will replace Sherman.”
STATEMENT FROM MAYOR DAVID ROBERTS
“On Monday, I asked Hoboken City Corporation Counsel Joseph Sherman for his resignation. I did this because I have determined that the City would be better served by a change of leadership in certain areas.
Mr. Sherman serves at the sole discretion of the mayor. Therefore, I am exercising my authority to replace him. I expect Mr. Sherman to continue working on some unfinished business during a proper transition and I wish him well in his future endeavors.
I am appointing Assistant Corporation Counsel Joseph Pojanowski to succeed Mr. Sherman on an interim basis while a search for a permanent replacement takes place.
As I approach the second half of my second term as Mayor, I am re-evaluating the performance of all Department Directors. My goal is to ensure that city services are delivered in the most cost effective manner possible, and to make city government as open, honest and efficient as possible.”
Sherman will announce his resignation and will remain involved during a transition period.
Apparently the Mayor was not satisfied with Sherman’s leadership, and despite not wanting to leave, it looks as if he will accept. Wonder if he got a payout?
The Mayor has long been upset with Sherman, including his inaction on the slumlord Zaklama’s abuses which essentially broke the camel’s back.
More to come….
Can anyone guess why?
From NJ.com (more on this later)
Hoboken’s top lawyer asked to resign
Hoboken Mayor David Roberts asked Corporation Counsel Joe Sherman, a full-time employee of the city, to resign yesterday, spokesman Bill Campbell confirmed for The Jersey Journal today.