City Hired Convicted Bribe-Taker for “Temporary” Job That Paid $159k

Convicted Bribe-Taker Re-Hired in Jersey City
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Jersey City Re-Employs Former Inspector with Past Conviction

Source: JerseyCityTimes

Jersey City recently welcomed back a former building inspector, Randolph Condi, into its workforce. Condi, who had previously faced legal consequences for bribery, secured a temporary seasonal position with the city and was compensated with a notable salary of $159,000 in the last fiscal year.

Historical records indicate that Condi’s name appeared in a past Jersey City Times report, highlighting him as one of the top earners among temporary seasonal employees. This association was particularly notable given his past. In 2009, legal proceedings led to Condi receiving a 13-month incarceration sentence. His conviction stemmed from charges of extorting contractors in the city. Condi had confessed to receiving monetary incentives to fast-track inspections and occasionally overlooking certain permit requirements set by the Jersey City Building Department.

In addition to his recent earnings, records from 2021 show that Condi received a salary of $143,000 while working under the business administrator.

Santo Della Monica, the head of Local 245, which represents the city’s Department of Public Works employees, shared insights about the business administrator’s team. He mentioned their involvement in projects at the city hall, a local shooting range, and the development of office interiors at the Department of Public Works. Interestingly, Della Monica’s team, which typically handles such projects, was not approached for these tasks despite their lower earning brackets.

The decision to employ construction professionals through the business administrator has sparked discussions among municipal governance and finance specialists. While some expressed surprise, others labeled the move as “atypical.” These experts, who wished to remain anonymous, highlighted the significant expenditure of $4 million by the business administrator’s team over 2021 and 2022.

Condi’s re-employment is not an isolated incident. The city has a history of offering positions to individuals with legal backgrounds. For instance, the now-discontinued Jersey City Employment Training Program, once led by ex-New Jersey governor James McGreevey, had employed Eugene McKnight. McKnight had previously faced legal repercussions in the early ’90s related to his role as the director of the city’s Human Resources Department.

Other notable hires include Michael Manzo, a former city council aspirant and Jersey City arson investigator. Manzo had admitted to bribery in the “Operation Bid Rig” case and was also involved in an assault incident. Additionally, Gerald McCann, a former mayor of Jersey City, who had a legal run-in in 1992, was employed by the city in 2010.

Efforts to get comments from Condi were unfruitful, and Jersey City’s official spokesperson chose to remain silent on the matter.