Point Boro Tax Official Named In Lawsuit To Retire June 1

Tax collector Bernadine Pearce is retiring from the borough after approximately 40 years.  Pearce was named in a lawsuit in March by a former employee.
Tax collector Bernadine Pearce is retiring from the borough after approximately 40 years. Pearce was named in a lawsuit in March by a former employee.
Point Pleasant Boro reached a settlement that would allow Bernadine Pearce, the tax collector who gained notoriety after a lawsuit alleged she had an urn of fake ashes of employees she had fired, to retire as a tax collector, effective June 1, 2014.

Michelle Ruppert, a former tax clerk, sued in March Pearce, the borough and  Administrator David Maffei for allowing a hostile work environment and discriminated against people with disabilities.

Pearce has worked at the local government for approximately 40 years, said Borough Attorney Jerry Dasti.  The borough is planning to advertise for a new tax collector, according to resolution passed at Tuesday night's council meeting.

No date has been set on Ruppert's lawsuit, Dasti said.  Various media reports describing the lawsuit's allegations claim that Pearce threw papers at Ruppert and called her a “waste of a human being,” encouraged Pearce’s daughter and co-worker to give Ruppert the middle finger and referred to Ruppert as a “mess up” who should just “quit her job.”

BoroTaxPayer April 17, 2014 at 03:37 PM
Agreed Alex, that is how the thread started, until blog lady stepped in to attract more attention to herself. I would hope that town politicians are reading this, but sure they are too busy bowing down to the unions that help to raid our tax dollars. Mikey, I just assume try not to imagine either one!!
Jack Kennell April 17, 2014 at 08:37 PM
I been reading these blogs since Feb. The common thread is "taxpayer rage", huge taxpayer rage! The time is probably ripe for Alex to run again (last two times were rigged against him). Alex right age of experience and energy, big taxpayer, businessman, conservative mindset, "Italian Stallion", he couldn't lose even as Independent, probably landslide. The main reason is that his opposition of both parties no longer have a defense, they're already sucked in too deep. The "taxpayer rage" is so pervasive that the voters would be chafing at the bit to punish both parties! (Mike Valenti years ago won big as Independent under almost identical circumstances.)
A Palanchi April 17, 2014 at 09:34 PM
The ice cream magnate doesn't have a shot with someone like you in his corner. If he's interested, the first thing he needs to do is to get as far away from you and your philosophies as he possibly can. The second thing he needs to do is to refrain from commenting on this cheesy blog.
FIMF the ll April 17, 2014 at 09:57 PM
Man up, Laura...
Jack Kennell April 18, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Palanchi: Alex is smart enough to distance himself from an extremist. I hope he runs. If I had enough time & energy, I myself would like to get going a Prop 13 type movement for NJ which really caps the property tax. A fellow named Jarvis in California actually started Prop 13 and he was up in age. Remarkable man. My cousin moved to Lewes, Del., when he retired. His property tax now only about $1,200 for a bigger house than he had in NJ which property tax was about $8,000. He e-mailed me a copy of his tax bill. Us people in NJ got to be nuts. Even you got to admit that much.


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