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Alleged Bribe Attempt Refused By Town Officials

James Gonroski and Mark Stepper commended for reporting alleged incident.

As the old chestnut goes: Crime doesn't pay.

For two town employees, it could have paid $1,000.

But, when plumbing subcode official James Gonroski and electrical subcode official Mark Stepper apparently were offered that from the owner of a planned Portuguese BBQ on Spring Street in January, instead of taking the money and looking the other way, they reported the incident to the town.

For that, the pair were commended during Tuesday's Town Council meeting.

"They're doing their job, but it should be recognized," Mayor Tim Dougherty said during the commendation presentation. "This is a fine example of being outstanding employees. I don't want it to go unrecognized."

North Plainfield resident Elmer Lopez, the business owner accused of trying to bribe the town officials, was admitted recently into a Pre-Trial Intervention program, a special probation program for nonviolent first-time offenders, according to a Daily Record article. He will be on probation for 18 months and must perform 50 hours of community service, and also had to forfeit to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office the $1,000 he tried to give Gonroski, according to the article.

Marie S. December 12, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Good for them reporting this
Sam December 12, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Good job!
Moira December 12, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I tried to tip a Public Works employee who was at my house for hours when I had a sewer backup on a weekend, but he wouldn't take it, saying he was doing his job. Our Public Works employees are the best.
Sunny Day December 12, 2012 at 03:04 PM
great that they didn't take the bribe, but should the mayor be holding a special ceremony for the not being scum bags? To me this should be the expectation, and not something extraordinary. Guess there isnt much harm in the acknowledgement Note to self, if that Portuguese BBQ ever manages to open, NEVER eat there. If they take shortcuts like this just imagine what they would do with the food when no one is looking.
Bonnie Arnold Haynes December 12, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Is it relevant that he
David Steketee December 12, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I was thinking the same thing. We shouldn't be heralding people for meeting expectations.
Carole December 12, 2012 at 04:43 PM
kudos
Cheryl McNamara December 12, 2012 at 05:07 PM
If more people focused on the good job that people do rather than what is wrong I would agree they were just doing their jobs in reporting the bribe. Sadly, many people would have taken the $1,000 and looked the other way potentially putting the public in harms way. Integrity and great character should be celebrated.
Parsippany Taxpayer December 12, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I vote for these guys to replace the mayor and town officials of Parsippany...
Terry December 12, 2012 at 08:03 PM
The town employees weren't "heralded", David Steketee, they were, quite rightly, commended. Life shouldn't be all *gotcha* and no *attaboy*.

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