Yeadon Borough Council held its monthly meeting last week that one observer said was surprisingly “tame” but it wasn’t without controversy.
Council appointed an acting borough manager who doesn’t appear to be big on people knowing all about him.
Majovie “Joe” Bland was on the scheduled agenda to be appointed borough manager, secretary and Right-To-Know Officer. He would succeed Lawrence Healy. Both men work as associates of Joe Possenti Associates, the Aston-based firm that provides borough management support for several communities, including Yeadon.
But Bland’s name was incorrectly listed and some on Council had a difficult time pronouncing his actual name, Majovie. Bland only goes by “Joe” as a nickname.
Councilwoman Dr. Dolores McCabe even referred to him as “Bon Jovi.” New Jersey native Jon BonJovi is a popular rock star.
Councilwoman Clara Johnson also requested to see his resume after he was appointed. She said she requested a copy last week, but never received it.
Bland suggested Johnson request to see his resume through the Right-to-Know request process via e-mail, and questioned if she solely wanted to view it or have it distributed to the Council.
“In order for Council to know who you are, they need one also.” Johnson snapped.
With the name discrepancy and lack of resume availability, it didn’t appear to help that Bland also doesn’t bask in limelight, either.
When Council and the mayor filed around a large portrait of President Barack Obama for a picture, Bland sat out the photo-op and when questioned by a reporter about his background and appointment after the meeting, he quickly moved closer to borough solicitor Charles Gibbs, Esq., who took on answering questions for him.
“That’s a personnel matter and cannot be answered at this time,” Gibbs said to each question asked.
It was also unclear whether Gibbs would release Bland’s background to the public, despite a legal obligation to do so under the state’s Right-to-Know law.