Double-dipping Beachwood mayor loses state pension

Beachwood Mayor Ronald Jones has lost a state pension he was earning while New Jersey was already paying him disability for another position. Jones had been receiving monthly disability checks from the

News 12 Staff

Jan 29, 2009, 12:27 AM

Updated 5,656 days ago

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Beachwood Mayor Ronald Jones has lost a state pension he was earning while New Jersey was already paying him disability for another position.
Jones had been receiving monthly disability checks from the state since he's considered too disabled to work as a police dispatcher any longer. The mayor had applied for his disability benefits at the time of his first run for office. Jones included a laundry list of physical and psychological problems he was suffering from on his application, which now may be coming back to haunt him.
Two political rivals, Gerald La Crosse and former campaign manager Robert DiBella, are asking a judge to remove Jones from office due to his "permanent mental disabilities."
"You can't have it both ways," says DiBella. "You can't collect money from the public because of a mental illness, but use the same facilities to serve as mayor of Beachwood."
Jones has labeled the lawsuit and attempts to boot him from office as a "smear campaign." He also insists any attempt to remove him or get him to resign will fail.
"I will never be recalled," says Jones. "It'll never happen."


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