Fired City Court Director Will Stay in Job, For Now


PATERSON, NJ – At a special meeting of a City Council subcommittee on Friday afternoon, it was decided that Manuel Quiles would remain in his job as Paterson's municipal court director, officials said.

Quiles was told on Monday that he would be fired from the position he has held for the past decade. But he filed a grievance, arguing that he had not been the target any warning criticizing his performance, as required by his union contract, officials said.

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Quiles will remain on the job pending an investigation of the city law department, officials said.

Quiles had told earlier this week that business administrator Charles Thomas told him he was being fired based on a decision made by the city's presiding judge, J. Kevin McDuffie. But Quiles said McDuffie told him it was Mayor Jeffrey Jones' decision.


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