Thomas Alexander, director of human services, was found guilty of animal cruelty charges in October.
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, November 9, 2012
Morristown's Director of Human Services does not have to forfeit his job over a guilty animal cruelty verdict after all. Thomas Alexander, 61, was found guilty of several charges of animal cruelty by a Rockaway Township municipal judge in October. As part of his penalty, Rockaway Township Judge Gerard Smith—who heard the case because of Alexander's employment with Morristown—said the lifelong Morristown resident would be forced, by state mandate, to give up his position with the town. However, on Thursday, Smith reversed course on that decision, saying Alexander did not have to give up his job, according to a MorristownGreen.com article. "We're aware of the judge's ruling," Business Administrator Michael Rogers said Friday. "He's still an …
Thomas Alexander, director of human services, to lose job because of verdict; attorney granted one-week stay to prepare argument against that ruling.
For the judge hearing accusations of animal cruelty against one Morristown employee, his verdict came down to the amount of time the defendant said he had his dog before calling animal control, and a man named "Frankie," whom no one else had ever seen. Thomas Alexander, director of human services for Morristown, was found guilty Thursday night of all charges stemming from accusations of animal cruelty by "failing to provide a living creature with proper sustenance,” according to complaints. As a result, besides accumulating several thousand dollars in fines, the guilty verdict carries with it a state statute requirement the 61-year-old lifelong Morristown resident vacate his municipal position immediately (the judge in a later reversal …