LITTLE EGG HARBOR – Township code enforcement officer Michael Fromosky has secured a settlement in the amount of $300,000 that was approved by the township committee at Thursday night’s meeting, ending a contentious legal battle.
Fromosky, who is currently employed as the Little Egg code enforcer, has been engaged in a protracted legal battle against Township Administrator Garrett Loesch, Committeeman Dave Schlick and Police Chief Richard Buzby.
The code enforcement officer, who is an in-law of Ocean County Freeholder John P. “Jack” Kelly alleged among other things that four Little Egg Harbor Township officials – Township Administrator Garrett Loesch, Former Mayor Eugene “Gene” Kobryn, Police Chief Richard Buzby and Committeeman Dave Schlick – all conspired to retaliate against Fromosky, with his attorney citing “unlawful attempts to cover-up illegal conduct and theft” in a complaint filed in Ocean County Superior Court.
Fromosky’s lawsuit made numerous allegations alleging, among other things, violations of the state’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) and the handling of a leaked sexual harassment complaint made by a township employee.
In reference to the township’s handling of the sexual harassment complaint, Fromosky’s attorney alleged that the Little Egg Harbor officials “conspired to actually create a bogus or false claim of sexual harassment against [him] intending to deprive [him] of his position of employment/property right.”
The settlement agreement was approved after an executive session held during the May 10th, 2018 township committee meeting. The resolution authorizing the executive session only identified it as “Personnel and Pending Litigation” and did not identify the case by name on the meeting agenda
A resolution and draft settlement adopted by the township committee ending the litigation was provided to Ocean County Politics in response to a request made under the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA).
Copies of the documents detailing the settlement are publicly available on the OPRAmachine open government platform.
Receives $300K, To Remain Employed By Township
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Fromosky will be paid $300,000 and remain in his township job. The balance of the settlement will be covered by the township’s insurance carrier, minus the deductible and monies owed to Fromosky contractually.
The township committee’s last remaining Democrat, Dave Schlick – who himself was named as a defendant in the litigation – was the sole dissenter who disapproved the terms of the Fromosky settlement, with the remainder of Little Egg Harbor’s four Republican committee members voting to approve the terms of the settlement at last Thursday’s meeting.
Fromosky was also largely successful in his defense against the third party complaint and counterclaim filed by Police Chief Richard Buzby and Administrator Garrett Loesch. Legal documents previously obtained from the township under OPRA showed that the counterclaims were dismissed with prejudice prior to the approval of the settlement agreement.