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Suspended Zoning Officer Awaits Hearing

John Fugger has been suspended since early October after a female co-worker filed a complaint.

The wheels of the justice system grind slowly.

To that end, Morristown attorney Peter Gilbreth said Wednesday he had no complaints thus far regarding the process concerning his client, John Fugger, who was suspended without pay from his job as the town's zoning officer in October after a female employee filed a complaint stating he had made unwanted calls to her after hours, despite being told to stop.

As a result Fugger, who has been a Morristown employee for about 25 years, has since been suspended without pay from his $83,469 a year job while the town investigates the charge.

"There is a right to a hearing. Usually dates are set very soon after allegations," Gilbreth said. "But, the 'discovery' process can take a while. We're in a bit of a lull until things start clarifying."

Business Administrator Michael Rogers said a hearing had been scheduled as required by law but was adjourned because of the investigation. Another hearing would not be scheduled until that investigation had concluded, he said.

"We requested an investigation take place," he said. "That is ongoing and why we adjourned that scheduled hearing. There’s still a pending investigation going on and it takes time."

If Fugger is exonerated of the charges, he would be paid retroactively for his time suspended, Rogers said.

Gilbreth said the whole matter has been a hardship for his client, not just monetarily but also mentally. "The process grinds slowly," he said. "It's tough for people who want to get things done yesterday."

Still, while it's been about two months since his client has been suspended from his work, "I have no complaints," Gilbreth said. "The point is there is this process. Everyone wants to be certain they are fully aware what's going on."

Back in Mo'town December 05, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Hope everyone is happy now that a John Fugger update has occurred!
mary Patterson December 05, 2012 at 09:20 PM
what did he do? give us the police reports.
John Dunphy December 05, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Mary, the original story detailing the charges appeared in October and is available by clicking on its link in the story. Police reports and filed complaints can be accessed by anyone filing an OPRA request through the town.
Larry Pendergast December 05, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Mr Dunphy- Mary is probably wondering why you haven't OPRA'd these complaints and wrote about them. After all, you include such statements when you are writing your stories about drunk idiots and hispanics. I believe people just want you to stay consistent. As do I. Lets hear the real story here
Sam December 06, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Innocent until proven guilty. Always such a nasty tone in these comments! Relax, and let judicial system do their job. This claim is much bigger than a drunken idiot.
Bonnie Arnold Haynes December 06, 2012 at 05:16 PM
John - when they say no one has complained, what do they mean? As u know,I have complained about the lack of due process to uou, the Mayor, the Town Council and anyone and everyone else. The SPeedwell redevelopment project was rushed through by the town council even Though the meeting ..on it, the Tuesday before it was approved, was cancelled due to The storm. IF U keep emails, please forward mine. What rock are these politicos under? Do they report to the MAYOR. Thank you for staying on
Bonnie Arnold Haynes December 06, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Sam - If u have "the whole story" why don't u share it.
Bonnie Arnold Haynes December 06, 2012 at 05:39 PM
John - one last question. It was reported that Mr. Fugger requested his right to have a hearing in thirty days. Has he withdrawn this request? And Sam what's the whole Story and are your sources unimpeachable? If not, its called slander, my friend.
Sam December 06, 2012 at 07:53 PM
What the heck are you talking about? What is so slanderous about my comments? You are another angry human being that worries too much about other people and not enough about yourself... Slanderous??? Come and get me!
Ryan December 06, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Yea...not even close to the right use of the word slander.
Terry December 06, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Bonnie Arnold Haynes, Sam politely suggested commenters were getting a tad overheated and your response is to accuse him of slander. That makes you the bad guy, "my friend".
Sam December 06, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Thank you Nancy!
Sam December 06, 2012 at 08:38 PM
And Ryan!
Sam December 06, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Bonnie-being the victim of sexual harassment by a fellow employee is an unspeakable violation if one's self. Being charged with this crime and suspended from one's job without pay is pretty tough also. I was suggesting you should back down and let the justice system do their job. The ONLY suggestion I was making was to let due process take place. are you so angry you think everyone is part of some corrupt inner circle?
Sam December 06, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Who the heck said "I have the whole story?" ...Bonnie!
K.W. December 06, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Dunphy, you have so kindly taken the time to OPRA request silly stories of drunks, dui’s, bars, Hispanics as everyone has mentioned in past articles. I think it is about time to be a real reporter and represent Patch and the community here. Don't you think the community would want to hear the truth of what is going on with a TOWN OFFICIAL that is supposed to be representing OUR COMMUNITY? It is SO scary to think that those things mentioned above take precedence over news of someone getting harassed by someone SOBER. There is something very wrong with this picture. There needs to be a fair level of playing ground here. You mean to tell me sexual harassment isn’t a serious issue??? Patch is so preoccupied with their own agenda of anti-bars that they are forgetting there is actually REAL news and corruption that is happening in our own Government. John Dunphy, please, please answer us why you have not OPRA’d this and reported the REAL news. I am now very concerned what is taking place in Town Hall.
Sam December 06, 2012 at 11:24 PM
What the heck is your agenda??? Go about your business! Let the judicial system do their job! You need the nitty gritty? Go get it yourself! Pathetic how so many of you thrive on the crap that goes on. Stop complaining and do something about it! And if not, shut the f**k up.
Sam December 06, 2012 at 11:40 PM
KM. what?!? You have so many assumptions it borders on the ridiculous! If you're so embarrassed get involved! Stop complaining! Get a life. !
Sam December 07, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Who said sexual harassment isn't a serious issue? This is old news.
Sam December 07, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Anti-bars? Really?
Bonnie Arnold Haynes December 13, 2012 at 09:31 PM
John .. Why did the CIA director who was screwing around get to keep his salary, along with the rest of same bunch?
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 02, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Now Fugger knows what it is like to lose money. He made me lose so much money by dragging his feet and being deceptive with my permits. I call this karma. I hope he rots in hell, that power hungry bureaucrat. he doesn't have a lick of common sense and he needs to be fired for other reasons. If morristown wants a hope to prosper, they need to get rid of the likes of fugger and all the kings. What monkey wrenches and ticks.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 02, 2013 at 02:34 AM
These Morristown government employees have a real narcissistic attitude that all the citizens are incompetent and just need to pay their taxes and shut up about what they do.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 02, 2013 at 02:34 AM
fugger is a liability. let him hang
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 02, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Now he gets some his own medicine. Stressing the hard working citizens out with his red tape. I HATE THIS GUY. Along with the other monkey wrenches in the building department. It is no wonder that there are so many empty commercial spaces in morristown. It is all thanks to the Town government. What a bunch of jerks. I have money to invest in morristown, but I will no longer do anything here. I made some successful investments despite the road blocks from the town, but then I was punished for my success. All these guys make me puke. A bunch of fascists.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 04, 2013 at 05:17 PM
He didn't do anything accept squash peoples plans. Oh he also chased women at work, and violated the constitution by entering my premises under false pretenses.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 05, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Hey Fugger. Walmart is hiring door greeters.

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