JACKSON – A political plan to award a labor counsel contract to former Ocean County Superior Court judge Melanie Donohue Appleby was abruptly taken off the agenda for Tuesday night’s reorganization meeting of the Jackson Township Council, following our earlier report about the resolution authorizing Appleby’s hiring.

On Tuesday night, the Jackson Township Council reorganized, with Councilman Ken Bressi taking the reins as council president. Bressi, along with Councilmen Barry Calogero and Robert Nixon were sworn in by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno.

Judge Appleby

The Jackson reorganization meeting agenda listed a resolution awarding Jackson’s 2017 labor counsel contract to Melanie Appleby, as previously reported here, but for reasons unknown, Jackson officials announced that the resolution appointing Appleby was no longer on the agenda.

“I would like to let the audience know that resolution 010R-17 has been removed from this evening’s agenda,” Jackson Township Clerk Ann Marie Eden told the public Tuesday night. Without offering any additional details as to why Appleby’s hiring was pulled from the agenda, Eden said that the resolution “will be addressed at a later date.”

Under Jackson’s form of government, appointments are recommended by Mayor Michael Reina, with the advice and consent of the township council.

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