RAHWAY – Mayor Rick Proctor is facing an ethics complaint alleging that he pressured a city official to hire his wife for a job with a six-figure salary, according to a report by the Newark Star-Ledger.
The mayor allegedly encouraged business administrator Peter Pelissier to hire Denise Proctor as the city’s health officer at a salary of $120,000 per year, according to the report. Denise Proctor withdrew her name from consideration and the city hired another candidate.
Earlier this month, Rahway’s City Council voted unanimously to request a state investigation of the issues surrounding the hiring of a full-time health officer. Council members refused to consider a resolution to pay for Proctor’s legal council, which Councilman Samson Steinman called “an absolute joke.” Steinman later called for Proctor’s resignation during the Sept. 12 council meeting.
Proctor denied any wrongdoing and criticized Pelissier during the public comment portion of that meeting.
State law requires the city to employ a full-time health officer, but no one had served in the position on a full-time basis since Proctor stepped down from the post he held for nine years to become mayor in January.
Proctor and all of the members of the City Council are Democrats.