Council Majority Asking for Gabbert's Resignation, Sources Say
Closed meeting scheduled for Wednesday night could end Village Manager Ken Gabbert's tenure in Ridgewood.
The Ridgewood council majority plans to ask Village Manager Ken Gabbert for his resignation on Wednesday, multiple sources tell Patch.
Mayor Paul Aronsohn, Deputy Mayor Albert Pucciarelli and Councilwoman Gwenn Hauck are ready to oust Gabbert, according to sources. They will call on him to resign at a closed session meeting on Wednesday night.
The sources requested anonymity as they were not permitted to discuss personnel matters.
"Village Manager's Office" is listed as a closed session agenda item.
Gabbert could fight the firing attempt by requesting a public hearing and another resolution vote. It's not yet clear what Gabbert will do.
The village manager was off Monday and could not be reached for comment.
Aronsohn neither confirmed nor denied the rumors and declined further comment when reached Monday.
"Aronsohn has wanted him gone for a while now," one source familiar with the situation told Patch. "Gwenn and Albert wanted more time. They're ready now."
Gabbert was issued a "rice notice" late last week, multiple people told Patch, meaning he's been notified they'll be discussing his employment status at a closed session meeting.
Gabbert will fight the council majority for his job, one source told Patch.
"Don't count Ken out. He won't go quietly."
Gabbert sued the Borough of Westwood when they attmpted to fire him in 2004. He was reinstated and the suit dropped.
Gabbert has also served as the top administrator in Little Ferry and New Milford.
No interim candidate has yet been identified should Gabbert leave office, according to sources.
Village Clerk Heather Mailander served briefly as the village manager prior to Gabbert's arrival in fall of 2009 and may take over until a permanent replacement is found.
Councilwoman Bernadette Walsh had no comment, nor did Councilman Tom Riche. Both are expected to oppose any attempt to oust Gabbert from office.
Pucciarelli and Hauck, who each took office in July, also refused to confirm or deny that plans were in motion to remove Gabbert.