ATLANTIC CITY — “Dear Ron and Jeff.” “Good morning.” “Good Afternoon.” And “Good Evening.”
That is all the communication between Mayor Don Guardian and state overseer Jeffrey Chiesa the city made public Wednesday.
Calling the information “deliberative and privileged,” the city redacted emails between the two officials in response to an Open Public Records Act request from The Press of Atlantic City.
The city released four redacted emails Guardian sent to Chiesa on Jan. 9, Feb. 6, Feb. 7 and Feb. 8.
Chiesa, who is leading a state takeover of the city’s finances, never answered the mayor’s emails.
The redacted emails fit into a pattern of city and state officials heavily redacting emails related to the city’s finances.
The city released one other email between Chris Filiciello, Guardian’s chief of staff, and Ronald Israel, a partner at Chiesa’s law firm. Filiciello and Israel scheduled a meeting for Guardian and Chiesa, who are copied on the email, the only one not redacted.
In February, Guardian said Chiesa stopped answering his emails after he sided with the firefighters union in its lawsuit against the state. Guardian submitted written testimony to support the union’s lawsuit against Chiesa, which also listed the city of Atlantic City as a defendant.
Other than Guardian’s greetings, the only discernible information is that the mayor uses a Comic Sans font and the “Do AC” logo from a defunct state marketing campaign in his email signature.