Since Liberty in Bellevue began its work of examining the mismanagement of our borough we’ve witnessed a mass exodus of quality borough employees. Between the unwarranted termination of our previous solicitor and the resignations of two former borough managers, an assistant borough manager, and obvious discontent among other borough employees close to members of Liberty in Bellevue it sadly came as no surprise when Anthony “Tony” Barbarino announced his resignation at last night’s DPW Committee meeting. Attached here is a copy of Tony’s resignation letter which was made available to LiB for public dissemination.
Tony was the target of a personal investigation by some members of borough council. According to a statement made by Mayor Doscher, Councilmember Jim Viscusi followed Tony around with a camera in order to document Tony’s whereabouts while on “borough time” (you can view the mayor’s statement by clicking here). We’ve also heard reports that Jim Viscusi was even found lurking in the foliage outside the Barbarino family home in an attempt to see whether or not Tony was in his home at the time. It should be noted that Tony’s job as the Supervisor of the DPW is a salaried position and does not require him to clock in and out for an hourly wage. If Tony works 50 hours one week, then 40 hours another, he is paid exactly the same amount regardless.
For 16 years, Tony has served the Borough of Bellevue faithfully and has lead a quality public works department. Losing an employee who has served the borough for so long to another community is yet another way we are witnessing our community crumble. There are ways to document and rate an employee’s job performance. If the job was not being done as expected, or there was any cause for alarm, proper procedures and protocol should be followed to discipline the employee and/or remove them from their position. But, to micromanage and spy on borough employees while at home with their families is simply a disgrace.
Topping it all off, during the DPW Committee meeting last night (Tuesday, 23 April), a few Liberty in Bellevue members witnessed Councilmember Jane Braunlich and Jim Viscusi quickly attempt to bring the meeting to a close after Mr. Barbarino submitted his resignation. It wasn’t until Councilmember Helbling intervened and forced Braunlich and Viscusi to respond to the action that they even acknowledged what had happened. It was obvious to those in the room that Braunlich and Viscusi sought to diminish the situation as quickly as possible.
As part of our department of public works, Tony will be missed, but thankfully, as he states in his resignation letter, he will continue to live and raise his children in Bellevue.