A group of Dover residents with ties to the Dover First slate sued Dover and the town’s Mayor James Dodd in an effort to overturn a recently-passed ordinance on grounds that it hamstrings the town’s Board of Alderman and usurps the power of the town’s legislative body.
Among other things, the ordinance makes the contents of the board’s agenda the sole discretion of Dover’s mayor and prevents aldermen from bringing items to the floor without the mayor’s permission.
Though Dover is under solid Democratic control, the mayor and his allies on the Board of Alderman have lost the support of Morris County’s Democratic Organization. The county party supported Democratic candidates running on the Dover First ticket.
Dover First Democrats now control five seats on the eight-member board.
The suit also claims that proper notice was not given for the ordinance.
The action is the latest challenge levied against Dodd and his allies by Democrats dissatisfied with his tenure.
After the ordinance was passed in November, Dover First Democrats began prepping a push to impeach Dodd, whose term expires at the end of this year.Dover -- summons and complaint