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Sudhan Thomas, a controversial ally of Jersey City Mayor, has resigned his post as chairman and acting executive director of the Jersey City Employment and Training Program, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
Staff at the agency, which was run by former Gov. James E. McGreevey before Fulop and Thomas orchestrated his removal earlier this year, were told of the resignation yesterday.
Angel Santa, the Director of Finance, confirmed Thomas’ resignation.
Earlier this month, the Globe first reported that a veteran employee was fired after voicing concerns about Thomas’ financial management of the agency.
The employee, Nuria Sierra, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal alleging that Thomas has “continuously misappropriated funding and has jeopardized the financial integrity of the agency.
Sierra provided the Globe and prosecutors with copies of three JCETP checks totaling $16,500 made out to cash that appear to have Thomas’ signature.
Thomas was chairman when Fulop decided to ousted McGreevey, his onetime friend and ally. He stepped in to run the agency during a search to find a new executive director and ultimately became a candidate for that post.
Thomas also serves as president of the Jersey City Board of Education and is mired in another storm there over layoffs, budget cuts and special elections.
Fulop did not immediately respond to a 12:37 PM message seeking comment.
Thomas did not immediately return a 12:39 PM call to his cell phone.