HOLMDEL, NJ - Holmdel Mayor Eric Hinds issued a statement expressing his individual disappointment about the recent resignation of Holmdel Township Administrator Donna Vieiro. He placed the responsibility of the municipal disruptions on his peers.
Vieiro experienced a grueling public process which resulted in public name calling, accusations of nepotism and a charge of interfering with an eagle scout project for a Committeeman's son (Nikolis). Investigator (and Assemblyman) Sean Kean added other charges including allegations of inappropriate conversations about confidential information, FEMA payment disputes and agenda procedure criticisms surrounding recreation funding. The legal bills started at about $20,000.00. Kean then came back for more and was given more in a split vote to bill up to another $50,000.00. In a bizarre video, she was challenged by a Committeeman (Pascucci) on having enough 'gonads' to come back to work.
Donna Vieiro served the town for about six years prior to the announced resignation on Tuesday evening during the public meeting. Hinds said, "It is in my opinion with great sadness that we accept the resignation of Donna Vieiro as our Township Administrator. Donna has been a tremendous asset for six years. She has managed and implemented programs and services that have increased the effectiveness and efficiency of our municipal operations, while decreasing spending and maintaining a flat tax increase."
"Donna's oversight and management of the Bell Works redevelopment project has been integral to the success of the facility. She turned a municipal eyesore into a lively business zone. One of Donna's other great achievements is the team that she has developed. The dedication and commitment that the employees of our Township exhibit, are a direct result of the leadership and guidance that Donna has exhibited on a daily basis. I am grateful for her skill and wisdom." Hinds said.
Said Hinds, "Donna has been subject to accusations that I believe to be baseless and have been investigated for weeks. The Township has not taken any disciplinary action against Donna to date for any kind of ethical or legal violations. But the experience has poisoned the atmosphere to the point that Donna has decided to move on. I expect she will continue her professional successes with the next lucky municipality to employ her."
"I am personally unhappy with this process and how she was treated. I am particularly unhappy about her decision to resign because I believe she was an very important resource for our Town." said Hinds. "I understand her need to move on from her position, especially in this environment. I know that I speak on behalf of every employee that she will be greatly missed. In my opinion, this is a sad day for Holmdel."
The taxpayer impact from all sources from beginning to conclusion are likely upwards of $200,000. When the separation agreement is made public by law, TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck will report on it.