SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The last borough council meeting of 2019 was a heated one on Monday evening with many residents showing up to voice concerns about the condition of neighborhood roadways and the proposed settlement agreement of Spotswood Business Administrator Dawn McDonald.
On Monday, the borough council members voted on a resolution that would ratify a settlement agreement with McDonald and the release of the business administrator from the position she has held since being appointed by former Spotswood mayor Nicholas Poliseno in January of 2013. The Spotswood Borough Council, which includes Council President Charlie Spicuzzo, Councilman Theodore Ricci, Councilman John Melillo, Councilman Jose Rivera and Councilman Larry Kraemer, voted 4-1 against passing the resolution to authorize the negotiated settlement and release of McDonald.
The details of the settlement were not released with council members declining to discuss the contents of the agreement or the results of the independent investigation.
McDonald was placed on administrative leave in July when the council voted 4-1 in favor of the leave along with an independent investigation into the allegations that surfaced in April after Spotswood Police Chief Michael Zarro and Captain Philip Corbisiero of the Spotswood Police Department filed a Torts Claims Notice. A Tort Claims Notice is a document sent to a government entity notifying that a lawsuit may be filed. Shortly after the filing, Spotswood Emergency Service Director David Nichols resigned from his position at the April 15 borough council meeting. Nichols also filed a Tort Claims Notice.
McDonald previously served as a deputy clerk for the borough from 2006 to 2009. Prior to becoming the BA in Spotswood, McDonald was an administrator in Interlaken and worked in the Public Works and the Parks and Recreation Departments in East Brunswick.