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Little Egg Officials, Political Lawyers: Investigate Identities of Whistleblowers

Little Egg Harbor Committeewoman Lisa Stevens, now a Republican

LITTLE EGG HARBOR – Certain elected officials and politically connected lawyers hired by the township through lucrative public contracts are steaming after the publication of leaked documents by Ocean County Politics here on this website. Now they’re seeking to waste more taxpayer dollars by asking state agencies to go on a witch hunt seeking the identities of confidential sources suspected of leaking documents from the township, presumably for the purpose of taking action against the alleged leakers.

Lisa Stevens

Lisa Stevens

John Kehm

John Kehm

The township committee on Thursday night passed a resolution directing Township Attorney Robin LaBue to write a letter to the New Jersey State Attorney General’s Office, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the State Commission Of Investigation to ask them to conduct an investigation into potential sources of leaked documents that were published in Ocean County Politics articles detailing the rampant corruption in Little Egg Harbor, which has already been explored in detail in past articles.

Stevens & Kehm Push For State Investigation Of Leaked Documents

Committeewoman Lisa Stevens said at the last township committee meeting that the suggestion to pass the resolution comes after labor attorney Robert Greitz first suggested that the committee hire an outside private investigator. Mr. Greitz is the author of the infamous sexual harassment policy violation investigation reports prepared about a member of Ocean County Freeholder John P. “Jack” Kelly’s extended family currently employed as the Little Egg Harbor Township code enforcement officer.

Attorney Greitz Wanted To Hire A Private Investigator

But the township’s elected officials did not go with Greitz’s suggestion, and rather than spend any additional money, at the behest of Committeewoman Lisa Stevens, a Democrat, and Committeeman John Kehm, a Republican, the township’s committee took a vote to allow Township Attorney Robin LaBue to prepare a letter to the state agencies asking for their help in identifying the sources leaking documents about corruption regarding township officials that have been provided to this website for publication.

Committee Must Take ANOTHER Vote At Next Meeting In Order For Attorney To Send Letter

The vote to approve the writing of the letter came with the proviso added by Mayor Gene Kobryn that the letter would not be sent out to the state agencies without another vote of the governing body at the next public township meeting, prolonging the situation even further. At that time, the committee members will have had an opportunity to review the language of the letter before taking a vote on whether or not to send it.

At Thursday night’s meeting, multiple members of the public, and yours truly spoke out about the Township Committee’s willingness to attempt to silence whistleblowers rather than taking steps to reverse years of unethical behavior from public officials, as documented on this website.

Later this week, we will be providing a guide and additional resources so that leakers and would-be whistleblowers can come forward safely without worrying about retribution. Topics to be covered will include: how to send encrypted emails, make encrypted telephone / text message contacts, and using the TOR network to securely leak documents.

See the resolution:

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