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Democrat Ryan Tuno is sworn in as mayor of Lumberton by State Sen. Dawn Addiego. Photo courtesy of Lumberton Democratic Municipal Chair Randy Brolo

Lumberton Committee censures Tuno, refers investigation to State Ethics Committee

Democratic mayor pulled as Police and Municipal Courts Department liaison

By Nikita Biryukov, October 02 2020 11:05 am

Lumberton’s Township Committee censured Mayor Ryan Tuno following an executive session during a meeting Thursday evening.

The committee also voted to remove Tuno from his position as Police and Municipal Court Department Liaison and referred an investigation to the state ethics commission.

Tuno voted against the first two measures but was not allowed to vote on the resolution regarding the ethics investigation.

The cause for Tuno’s censure was not immediately clear, and the Lumberton municipal clerk’s office did not immediately respond to a request to share the resolutions.

Tuno and Deputy Mayor Kendra Hatfield have served on the committee since 2018. They took a 3-2 majority on the body after Councilwoman Rue Ryan narrowly ousted Republican incumbent Kristin Januseki.

Hadfield replaced Tuno as liaison to the police and municipal courts. Ryan was selected as an alternate.

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