The plot continues to thicken in Little Egg Harbor as both Police Chief Richard Buzby and Township Administrator Garrett Loesch have fallen into the crosshairs of the township’s GOP establishment.
In Little Egg Harbor, both the police chief and township administrator have been formally served with Rice notices indicating that their employment will be discussed at the next Little Egg Harbor Township Committee meeting, Ocean County Politics has confirmed.
To the uninitiated, a Rice Notice is a legal notice that must be served on a public employee when their employment (and potential termination) will be discussed by the governing body.
New Jersey state law gives the noticed employee the option to have their case discussed in public rather than in closed executive session, which would forego their right to privacy. We have been unable to confirm whether either Loesch (who is also the CFO for the Borough of Tuckerton) or Buzby have elected to have a public hearing, but a lengthy meeting and heated executive session are expected at Thursday night’s regularly scheduled Little Egg Harbor Township Committee meeting.
Gormley and Kehm Leading The Charge
Township GOP sources indicated that Committeemen Ray Gormley & John Kehm are the driving force behind the plan to fire both the administrator and police chief. Previously, Gormley – who is also the Republican Club president – was successful in having Mayor Gene Kobryn’s Republican Club membership revoked earlier in 2016.
More information is expected to become available after Thursday’s meeting.