Everyone knows that Trenton’s city government is riddled with incompetence, but our officials just took it up another notch with Friday’s mishandling of the City Clerk’s position.
For those that don’t know – and that’s probably most of you since this event was barely and probably inadequately noticed to the public – Acting City Clerk Juanita Joyner was ousted Friday in favor of a Bordentown resident who will take over the position on a contractual basis.
Problem is, the City Clerk’s position is a constitutional office that is subject to all of the requirements of employment within the City of Trenton, including the city’s controversial residency ordinance. Incoming clerk Leona Baylor, self-admittedly a resident of Bordentown, is therefore barred from holding the office and could easily be removed with the simplest of legal actions.
The most confounding feature of this latest monument to ineptitude is the timing of the move, which falls less than three months prior to one of the most important city elections in Trenton’s history.
Having an incumbent who could be removed at any moment, casting the election certification process into chaos, threatens the entire electoral process.
Those responsible for this growing disaster – including the city Law Department and City Council members, especially those running for the mayor’s office – need to be held responsible.