Howell resident questions councilwoman’s actions

HOWELL – A resident is claiming Howell Councilwoman Pamela Richmond has allegedly violated the township’s Code of Conduct for Elected Officials and Members of Appointed Boards, Commissions and Committees.

Resident John Hughes said he forwarded his allegations about Richmond to Township Attorney Joseph Clark for review because Howell does not have an identified complaint or investigation procedure for matters such as this. Howell also does not have a local ethics board.

Hughes’ concerns were made public during the Oct. 20 meeting of the Township Council when an email he sent to municipal officials was read into the record. Richmond was not present at the meeting.

In his email, Hughes claimed Richmond “has violated five of the six core principles included in the code of conduct. Through aggressive attempts to silence residents who oppose her viewpoint, she has openly mocked the mentally challenged, she has attempted to body shame residents and political opponents, and failed to act with civility to others.”

Mayor Theresa Berger asked Clark to review the matter.

Asked for comment by the Tri-Town News following the council meeting, Richmond said, “I respect every citizen and will always make myself available to every citizen. I give out my personal cell phone and speak to residents on a daily basis.

“And while I do post comments on social media, I have seen at times that it is simply better to speak to someone one on one vs. a social media posting process that may not allow for a more direct and fluid discussion.

“As I have done many times, I simply suggested that (Hughes) and I speak directly as opposed to more social media back and forth. I am open and transparent and treat every resident with dignity and respect,” the councilwoman said.