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Clerk 'No Longer Employed By the Township'

Parsippany's municipal clerk had been appointed last summer.

When , she and town leaders engaged in a public lovefest. Apparently, that love died quickly.

"Elesha Johnson is no longer employed by the township," Parsippany-Troy Hills Business Admininstrator Jasmine Lim has confirmed to Patch.

The end of her employment comes after Johnson's months-long absence from Town Hall. Lim said the clerk had been out on medical leave.

Lim declined to comment on the reason for the separation.

Johnson, who started working for the township Aug. 1, 2011, had previously said she has retained legal counsel on the matter.

Johnson and Mayor James Barberio have not responded to several requests for comment since her departure.

Johnson came to Parsippany after spending nearly two decades as an employee of the City of Camden. Originally hired there as a data processing programmer, she then became senior data processing programmer for the municipality, which has more than 77,000 residents. In 2004, she became the city's deputy municipal clerk and alternate registrar.

"I loved being a deputy clerk, and leaving Camden is a big decision,  but I'm ready to handle my own municipality," she told Patch last July. "I knew it had to be Parsippany when I came in for the interview and met Mayor Barberio and the staff. They and the council members were all so kind and welcoming and made me feel right at home. I knew this was the place for me."

Prior to falling ill, Johnson said she was in the process of purchasing a home in Parsippany. To facilitate her work here, she lived in a recreational vehicle while her husband remained in the Camden area. The couple had planned to reunite once a new home had been found.

Before starting as Parsippany's clerk, Johnson made it clear that she was committed to serving the township and its residents.

"This is an important job," she said at the time, "and I take it seriously."

As details emerge, Patch will update the story.

Frank Drebin March 28, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Is this another lawsuit that the residents have to pay for, due to the "town fathers" screwing up again?
Harold Adams March 28, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I just wonder what might have happened. I have in Town Hall and she was always very nice and courteous to me...Best wishes to Mrs. Johnson.
pinenut March 29, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Yikes! Thats some headshot.
joe raich March 29, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Transparency loses again in Parsippany. Residents should demand an investigation.What's going on behind closed doors???
VietNam Vet March 29, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Frank, you got it! I smell another long drawn out lawsuit on the horizon, thanks again to Par-troy. We get it in the end again.
VietNam Vet March 29, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Seems somebody is playing games here, I have lived here for 32 years and I've never seen a town with so many lawsuits from town employees.
dorothy March 30, 2012 at 01:04 AM
How many times have the council met in closed session regarding personnel?Arent closed session minutes unsealed when the situation is resolved. So if those meetings had anything to do with the clerk and she is gone. Isnt it time to unseal those minutes?
parhome April 02, 2012 at 03:15 AM
A politician's relative needed a job ... bye bye Elesha.
Lee Mo April 09, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Interesting she got there in July and an employee of 19 years quit because of her? There is an investigation ongoing and that's why nobody is talking.
VietNam Vet April 09, 2012 at 04:24 AM
The other employees said they had racial problems from the start with her and went to the mayor and he did nothing as always, so about 4 other people are suing the mayor and town for not answering their complaints. Not sure if they resigned or not, but another lawsuit in the making.
Ted April 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Another boondoggle by this administration.
Ted April 10, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I'm sure a gag order is in place for the ex-employees suing the town.

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