Donovan calls on utility authority appointee Kenneth Gabbert to resign, citing stipend
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
BY CHRIS HARRIS AND JUSTO BAUTISTA
Saying he betrayed the taxpayers’ trust, Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan on Tuesday called on Ridgewood’s embattled village manager, Kenneth Gabbert, to resign immediately from the Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority
The move comes as Gabbert also finds his job in jeopardy in Ridgewood, where administration sources said three officials plan to ask him to resign Wednesday as village manager.
He could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
Donovan fired off a letter to Gabbert on Tuesday expressing her disappointment that he is accepting a $5,000-a-year stipend as a part-time authority commissioner after his “personal agreement” that he would not accept a stipend.
Donovan’s letter was the latest salvo in her yearlong effort to stop some of the authority commissioners from continuing to collect the stipends and medical benefits. Donovan told Gabbert, whom she appointed to the authority last year, that she was disappointed by the disclosure in January that he had accepted the stipend, saying it “violated the trust” she had placed in him.
“I was elected to break up the status quo and institute an era of good government built on a foundation of taxpayer-friendly public policy,” Donovan, a Republican, said in her letter. “It was a government of which I thought you wanted to be a part of.”
She said Gabbert’s letter requesting an appointment ended with the words “wherever you need an ally for service.”