Cumberland County freeholder ethics violation

Letter sent to Cumberland County Freeholder Deputy Director Douglas Long, advising him the state Local Finance Board has found he violated state ethics law by voting to appoint Willingboro mayor to county post while his law firm was labor counsel in Willingboro.

Cumberland County Deputy Freeholder Director Douglas Long was fined $200 by the state’s Local Finance Board for an alleged violation of a government ethics law.

The board found Long, a partner in the law firm Long Marmero and Associates, voted Jan. 8 for Willingboro Township Mayor Jacqueline Jennings to be division head for the Cumberland County Office of Purchasing, and on Jan. 22 to rescind Jennings’ hiring.

The board found he should not have voted, because his law firm had been reappointed Jan. 1 to be Willingboro’s labor counsel.

The board determined Long’s voting “constitutes an act in his official capacity in a matter where he, a member of his immediate family, or a business organization in which he has an interest, has a direct or indirect financial or personal involvement that might reasonably be expected to impair his objectivity or independence of judgment,” in violation of state law.

Long has 30 days to contest the board’s finding and to request an administrative hearing.

— Michelle Brunetti Post

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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