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Cape May Council Votes to Oust Corea

By Jack Fichter

CAPE MAY — Cape May City Council voted unanimously June 17 to approve a resolution to remove City Manager Luciano V. Corea Jr. from his position.
The resolution noted the move was based on Corea’s failure to follow policies and directives established by City Council by not permitting operators of patios on the Washington Street Mall to continue to operate the patio businesses over Memorial Day weekend based on their failure to submit permit applications.
In addition council considered: Corea’s failure to confer with each council member individually on matters of importance to the city on a regular basis by not advising each of them of his decision to either close certain patio businesses on the mall; his reckless disregard for information available and failure to implement a system for new permit requirements, resulting in the closure of two patio businesses on the mall; and failure to adhere to the directives of City Council.
City Solicitor Tony Monzo said Corea’s contract ends Jan. 31, 2010. As to whether Corea would have to be paid until that date, Monzo said there were “legal issues that need to be sorted out as to whether that is required.”
He said Corea has the right to request a public hearing before city council.
“Council then adopts a final resolution of removal if they choose to,” said Monzo.
The resolution passed by council June 17 was preliminary, and his dismissal cannot be finalized until the hearing which cannot take place sooner than 20 days or later than 30 days after the city manager makes a request for a meeting.
Cape May Chief Financial Officer Bruce MacLeod was appointed interim city manager by council.

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