CFO hiring could be issue in Assembly race

The forced resignation of the Hamilton Township Chief Financial Officer after just one day on the job could emerge as an issue in a hotly contested race for an open State Assembly seat in the fourteenth district.

Eugene Leporiere stepped down yesterday after local officials found out that he had been censured for the unauthorized borrowing several thousand dollars from the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants' Union County chapter. The state Board of Accountancy suspended his license to practice.

About six weeks ago, Leporiere was forced to resign as Bergenfield CFO (after seven months in the position) when local officials held him responsible for one of his employees allegedly stealing $16,000 in cash from the tax office. "He's the supervisor and the supervisor wasn't watching," Mayor Richard Bohan told The Record, noting that Leporiere was not involved in the theft.

In 2006, Leporiere, 69, was forced to resign as the CFO in Hillside after five years in office.

Leporiere was hired by the Hamilton Township Council, where Republicans have a 4-1 majority. Councilman Thomas Goodwin, who voted to hire the new CFO, is the GOP Assembly candidate for the seat being vacated by Bill Baroni. He faces Wayne D'Angelo, a union leader and former Hamilton Councilman. Hamilton officials admitted that they did not thoroughly check Leporiere's background. A simple Google search would have quickly revealed these issues.