By Bill Cleary
The NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) hearing for former Gloucester City Municipal Clerk Paul Kain concluded Tuesday, February 1 with the judge requiring written closing arguments in 30 days.
Kain was fired in December 2009 for being absent from work without permission for more then 120 days. His last day of work was July 10, 2009. Because Kain had tenure he had the right to request a hearing before the DCA. The case was heard by Judge Joseph Matone from the Office of Administrative Law (OAL).
Three months ago Kain made application to the DCA to be reinstated immediately to his former job but that was denied. In an attempt to settle the case between Kain and the City there was a mediation session before Judge Matone on December 21. According to sources Kain was offered a cash settlement of $90,000 but he turned the offer down.