Franklin mom calls out Freeholder Mudrick

In a letter to Freeholders, Franklin resident Dawn Fantasia -- a member of Franklin's Economic Development Committee and the mother of three -- questioned Freeholder Dennis Mudrick's actions outside public meetings.

Mudrick is a lame duck Freeholder, having been defeated for re-election in the June Republican primary.  His term expires in ten days.  Fantasia is an educator and a former Republican Committeewoman who has been active with local charities and civic efforts.

The letter is re-printed below: 

December 9, 2015 

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders

County Administrative Center
One Spring Street, 1st Floor
Newton, NJ 07860 

To the Members of the Freeholder Board: 

At the last meeting of the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Freeholder Richard Vohden called for an investigation of Freeholder George Graham because Vohden believed that Graham had acted without the permission of the Freeholder Board.  It is my understanding that something similar has happened before:  Freeholder Dennis Mudrick conducted private interviews with the three candidates for the position of Sussex County Counsel before they appeared in open session before the full board.  

I would like to know how Freeholder Mudrick become aware that these three persons were the candidates?

It is also my understanding that Freeholder Mudrick offered a job and a salary to one of the unsuccessful candidates that he interviewed for the position of county counsel.  As far as I am aware, the position he discussed with this candidate does not exist.  The job Mudrick offered was "counsel to the Sheriff's Department" and the salary quoted was "$2,000 per week". 

Freeholder Mudrick subsequently announced to the Freeholder Board at the June 16, 2015 special meeting that he had met with the three candidates prior to the meeting of the full board.  Unfortunately, Freeholder Mudrick neglected to tell the other members of the Board and the taxpaying public how he came to know who the candidates were.

Freeholder Mudrick has also failed to disclose who authorized him to offer another position, with a salary figure, to one of the unsuccessful candidates. 

I request that the Freeholder Board ask Freeholder Mudrick to address these questions.

Thank you for your time and attention.


Dawn Fantasia