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Bayonne City Services Director Boyle resigns as police investigate potentially illegal cell phone recording

Bayonne City Services Director Tim Boyle resigned as police opened an investigation into a potentially illegal cell phone recording earlier today.

By John Heinis / Hudson County See

In an email obtained by HCV, business administrator Melissa Mathews told the Legal Department this morning that Boyle was caught “illegally recording a conversation he was not on the city’s construction department in. “.

New Jersey is a one-party consent state, which means recording a conversation is legal as long as the person recording it is part of it.

“All the buildings [sic] Ministry is witness to this and I have pictures of his telephone recording. Also, as I was walking to hand him over to the legal department, I ran into Tim and handed him the phone acknowledging that I knew he was recording and it was illegal, ”Mathews wrote.

“To which he said, ‘Well, sometimes you have to know what’s going on.’ Know that I will report it to the appropriate authorities.

Mathews told HCV she filed a police report and also passed the information on to the New Jersey attorney general’s office, declining to comment further.

Mayor Jimmy Davis confirmed Boyle’s resignation in a statement issued about an hour ago.

“This morning, I was made aware of certain allegations concerning the actions of the director of municipal services. Upon learning of this affair, I asked for the resignation of the director of municipal services, ”he said.

“Earlier today, the director of municipal services tendered his voluntary resignation, effective immediately, and I accepted the same. As this is an ongoing personnel matter, there will be no further comments at this time. This will not affect the city’s ability to meet our needs towards the community.

Boyle became director of the municipal utilities authority in September 2014 and became the director of municipal services after the city absorbed the MUA in August 2016.

Boyle was named in a sex discrimination lawsuit Mathews filed in April, although a judge dismissed him from the case last month. Mathews has previously said she plans to file an amended complaint.

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