James Shea: Fulop Admin hiring Mark Bunbury was ‘scraping the bottom of the barrel’
According to Public Safety Director James Shea, the hiring of Mark Bunbury as the Director of Human Resources for the Fulop Administration was “scraping the bottom of the barrel.”
Based on news reports, social media postings, and discussions with various sources working throughout city government, it seems Mark Bunbury’s record as the Fulop Administration’s Director of Human Resources has been nothing short of a disaster.
From listening to Public Safety Director James Shea, while sitting in Judge Susan Wigenton’s courtroom during the civil trial of David Goldrich vs. City of Jersey City, it’s clear Shea shares that sentiment about Bunbury’s performance.
On February 5, 2019, slightly before 9:30 AM, Shea, talking so loud he could be clearly heard from the other side of Judge Wigenton’s courtroom, stated that “hiring Bunbury was scraping the bottom of the barrel,” that “everything he touches goes south,” but that he was a “nice guy” – all while speaking offhand with the city’s legal representation.
Though it’s not clear what provoked Shea to comment, his statement coincides with public complaints regarding Bunbury’s job performance.
Specifically, the Jersey City Police Officers Benevolent Association (JCPOBA) released a January 18, 2019, letter to Mayor Steven Fulop that blasted the city for “grossly mismanaging” the payroll for the first pay period of 2019. The letter states that “the inability of the City to properly compensate employees is nothing short of gross incompetence.”
Additionally, the letter asks that Fulop conduct “a full review of the credentials of Mark A. Bunbury, Jr. ESQ. to adequately manage the responsibilities associated with the position of Director of Human Resources.” LETTER BELOW:
As well, on January 29, 2019, the Jersey Journal published a report that stated “some city workers received less than they were supposed to, some received no direct deposit at all and overtime went unpaid.” The Journal report notes that Bunbury sent an email “thanking city workers for their patience and apologizing for any problems” related to payroll issues.
Of note, various sources working throughout city government have confirmed that negative opinions about Bunbury’s job performance are widespread and persist. When told about Shea’s comment, one non-public safety employee emphatically stated “he ain’t lying.”
According to his LinkedIn page, Bunbury has been working in the city’s human resources department since June 2015 and took over as director in January 2018. Prior to that, he worked as a “Labor and Employment Associate” at the politically powerful law firm DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole, LLP.
Jersey City spokesperson Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione declined to respond to an email seeking comment on this story. It’s considered official Fulop Administration policy to ignore this journalist.
I appreciate that @JC_Gov Public Safety Director James Shea is getting straight to the point, but, for the record, I do write very polite emails to @KimWallaceJC. #JerseyCity pic.twitter.com/VWTJKPs0gf
— Real Jersey City (@RealJerseyCity) March 4, 2018
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Stay tuned for the full recap of the Goldrich vs. City of Jersey City civil trial.