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Ethic Complaint Article Correction

Jennifer Dericks

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 • 2:07am

SPARTA, NJ- In the article Ethics Charges Dismissed Against Whilesmith and Quinn, published Saturday, May 24, The Alternative Press of Sparta incorrectly stated "Spekhardt and Quinn declined comment in time for publication."  It should have said "Spekhardt and Quinn were unavailable for comment in time for publication."

Councilwoman Christine Quinn has returned from a family trip and offered comments on the subject of the dismissal.  "With all of the positive things happening in our community, I am happy that we can put this behind us.  I am looking forward to continuing the work I am involved in with the Communications committee and the STEP committee, working for the good of our community."

SPARTA, NJ- In the article Ethics Charges Dismissed Against Whilesmith and Quinn, published Saturday, May 24, The Alternative Press of Sparta incorrectly stated "Spekhardt and Quinn declined comment in time for publication."  It should have said "Spekhardt and Quinn were unavailable for comment in time for publication."

 

Councilwoman Christine Quinn has returned from a family trip and offered comments on the subject of the dismissal.  "With all of the positive things happening in our community, I am happy that we can put this behind us.  I am looking forward to continuing the work I am involved in with the Communications committee and the STEP committee, working for the good of our community."

 

Michael Spekhard filed the complaint against Quinn and Molly Whilesmith.  His response to the dismissal was, "I was disappointed the state did not pursue the complaint but not surprised with the turmoil that agency has recently gone through. It is however unfortunate that with the series of recent questionable activities in our town our Officials, when confronted with their actions utilizing their own public records and information published in the newspapers, dismiss public information  as “Gossip”   instead of taking a hard look at how they conduct themselves.

"The questionable activities include (former) Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Councilmen not paying taxes and drawing a salary from the town, misuse of public generators.

"These actions have not been deemed illegal but that still does not make them right. Sparta deserves to have all of our elected officials holding themselves to the highest standard when it comes to public trust." 

 

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