SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Borough Business Administrator Dawn McDonald will be returning to her duties on Friday, December 27. McDonald was placed on paid 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 Tort Claims Notice. A separate Tort Claims Notice was filed by former Spotswood Emergency Service Director David Nichols. A Tort Claims Notice is a document sent to a government entity notifying that a lawsuit may be filed.
Details of the independent investigation have not been publicly discussed by the Spotswood Borough Council. Personnel matters are talked about during closed portions of the borough council meetings. At the final borough council meeting of 2019 the council voted down a resolution that would ratify a settlement agreement with McDonald as well as a release from her position as business administrator. McDonald has held the position 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. Spicuzzo was the only council member who voted in favor of McDonald's proposed settlement and release.
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.