March 18, 2010
I/M/O AL-TARIQ JOHNSON, COUNTY JAIL, COUNTY OF BURLINGTON.
On appeal from a Final Agency Decision of the Department of Personnel.
NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION
Submitted March 2, 2010
Before Judges Wefing and Grall.
Al-Tariq Johnson, formerly employed by Burlington County as a corrections officer, was removed from his position by the Jail Administrator after testing positive for marijuana. The Merit System Board (Board) denied his request for a hearing to challenge his removal on the ground that the request was not timely filed. Johnson appeals from that final agency decision.
Johnson acknowledges that the Board's jurisdiction is dependent, among other things, upon the filing of an administrative appeal within twenty days of the employee's receipt of a Final Notice of Disciplinary Action. See N.J.S.A. 11A:2-15; N.J.A.C. 4A:2-2.8; Borough of Park Ridge v. Salimone, 21 N.J. 28, 46 (1956); Mesghali v. Bayside State Prison, 334 N.J. Super. 617, 620-21 (App. Div. 2000), certif. denied, 167 N.J. 630 (2001). Nonetheless, he contends that there was insufficient evidence to establish the date upon which he received the notice. His claim is defeated by evidence of his signature on a receipt acknowledging his acceptance of certified mail transmitting the Notice of Final Disciplinary Action. That signed receipt is included in the record on appeal by force of an order of this court granting the Board's motion to supplement the record. As Johnson's argument rests on a factual claim that is refuted by the record as supplemented, it lacks sufficient merit to warrant discussion in a written opinion. R. 2:11- 3(e)(1)(E).
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