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Glen Rock Councilwoman cleared of ethics allegations

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Glen Rock Councilwoman Amy Martin was cleared of leaking information from a 2015 confidential meeting about the borough's police chief and captain, according to the NJ Local Finance Board in a statement released on April 24.

The board oversees all local government ethics cases that are submitted to the state.

"I am glad that the state finally reviewed the case and I could not be happier with their conclusion," Mayor Bruce Packer said in an email statement on April 24.

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Packer said the board "has fully dismissed the case brought against Amy Martin by the 2015 governing body."

Quoting the report, Packer said it read, "After a preliminary investigation of the facts and circumstances relevant to this complaint, the board determined to dismiss the allegations..."

Background

According to a Nov. 3, 2015 article by Richard De Santa on Northjersey.com, a "reporter for The Record said... that Glen Rock Councilwoman Amy Martin was not a source of his August [2016] article on a confidential meeting about the borough's police chief and captain.

"The Oct. 22 disclaimer from ex-[Record] reporter Chris Harris - emailed to Martin at her request and forwarded to the Borough Council - conflicts with investigator Dennis Calo's report last week that Martin was 'probably a primary unnamed source' for the article that detailed elements of the Aug. 17 closed council work session.

While acknowledging that he called Martin (on Aug. 18) to confirm a tip he received about the session, Harris said in his email that she had refused to do so in that conversation.

Harris had previously declined Calo's request to be interviewed for the inquiry, according to the investigator's report."

The Borough Council approved a consent resolution on Oct. 28, 2015 referring the findings to the Ethical Standards Board, a body of Glen Rock officials and private citizens empowered to judge complaints regarding possible ethics code violations.

The resolution cites Calo's "determination identifying Amy Martin, council member, as the probable person responsible for releasing confidential personnel information, and of possible conflict of interest as defined in the Code of Ethics and Borough Employee Handbook."

Martin has continually maintained her innocence throughout the process. She did not respond to an email request for comment.

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