Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson mourned over School Board member Anne Marnin’s resignation Friday.
“Residents overwhelmingly consider Anne as the ‘Mother Teresa’ of Montclair. The innovative Montclair Bounce Festival that Anne spearheaded was a smashing success, as it brought residents together to seek a kinder and gentler community,” Jackson said. “Ironically, Anne became the victim of an unkind and anything-but-gentle individual or cabal, leveling allegations involving residency, property taxes, and, most appallingly, her child.”
Jackson received those allegations anonymously in late 2019.
He said they were provided to the town’s law department and Board of Education, which found them to be meritless.
“As public officials, we, unfortunately, have to accept vitriol, rude/crude behavior, baseless allegations, etc. as coming with the territory. This ‘given’ notwithstanding, involving Anne’s daughter in the matter is cruel and gratuitous. Being unhappy with Anne’s performance, educational philosophy, or collegiality on the Board can never justify hurting a child.”