County Superintendent’s Office Employee Files Discrimination Suit Against NJDOE, Ocean County Officials

NEW BRUNSWICK – A longtime employee of the Ocean County Superintendent’s Office has filed a discrimination lawsuit in Middlesex County Superior Court naming the New Jersey Department of Education, Ocean County and the county’s personnel director Keith Goetting as defendants.

The Middlesex County Courthouse (Photo courtesy of Charlie Kratovil / New Brunswick Today, used with permission)

According to state court records, longtime Ocean County Superintendent’s Office employee Kathleen Angellella claims that both county and state officials violated the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination in their treatment toward her, and that she also faced harassment while on the job. Dr. Judith DeStefano-Anen, the interim county superintendent, along with former county superintendent Thomas McMahon were also named in the lawsuit, which was filed by Fort Lee-based attorney Rosemarie Arnold on April 21st, 2017.

The county superintendent’s office is responsible for ensuring that local school districts comply with state standards for purchasing and resource management, in addition to issuing teacher credentials and overseeing grant applications.

County sources familiar with the matter said that this is the second lawsuit to name Ocean County officials, namely Goetting, filed within the past 6 months. The previous lawsuit was filed by former superintendent’s office employee Vanessa Penn. Penn’s lawsuit made similar allegations against the defendants named in the case.


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Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi is the editor of Ocean County Politics and a lifelong Ocean County resident, residing in Lacey Township. Gavin's work centers on the intersection of money and politics in Ocean County, with a focus on public corruption. He can be reached via email at or via phone at (848)-667-0840 or on encrypted phone / text app Signal.

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