Neptune public works chief suspended after Facebook comments surface

Neptune public works chief suspended after Facebook comments surface

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NEPTUNUS – The city government has suspended David Milmoe, director of the Public Works Department and deputy coordinator of the Emergency Situations Bureau, for 30 days without pay after comments Milmoe made on social media were brought to the attention of city officials.

Deputy Mayor Robert Lane, commissioner Derel Stroud and commissioner Kevin McMillan voted to authorise the suspension, with Mayor Tassie York abstaining. Commissioner Keith Cafferty was absent.

No official reason has been given for the personnel decision, but the suspension comes after comments from Milmoe’s Facebook account came to light.

A screenshot obtained by the Asbury Park Press shows a Facebook account named Dave Milmoe using a homophobic slur in a response to a friend’s 2011 post.

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In another screenshot obtained by TapInto Neptune/Neptune City, the account going by the name Dave Milmoe said in a comment, “…are you gonna be a gay firefighter now? Next time you’ll be playing the flute at rest stops,” and in another comment, “Just trying to see if we fly the flag in your honor, Stevie Wonder.” To which the other person in the exchange responded, “this is the wrong month to make this statement,” referring to June, which is recognized as Pride Month for LGBTQ and allied communities.

Milmoe’s annual salary is set at $146,547. The suspension will last from July 9 to August 19.

The municipal authorities do not wish to comment on personnel decisions.

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Charles Daye is the metro reporter for Asbury Park and Neptune, focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion. @CharlesDayeAPP Contact him: [email protected]