JACKSON-Today it was confirmed that Geneva “Bubbles” Clayton has announced that after 28 years, she will be resigning from her appointed position on the Jackson Township Municipal Utilities Board of Commissioners.
Clayton came under fire in 2018 when then-candidate for Mayor John Maneri questioned her legal residency which is required. Documents on file with the Ocean County Clerk’s office showed that Clayton had listed her permanent residence in Cedar Wood Park, Florida. The MUA later refuted Maneri’s claim and testified that she was indeed a resident of Jackson during her tenure.
David Harpell, Executive Director of the Jackson Municipal Utilities Authority disputed Maneri’s claims and said Clayton’s resignation was unrelated to her residency status.
“Commissioner Clayton has submitted her letter of resignation effective December 31, 2019,” Harpell said. “She deservedly wants to spend more time with her family and traveling but we are going to miss her at the MUA as she has always been an advocate for both Jackson Township and the MUA in her 28 years of service.”
Clayton was a longtime leader and operative of the Jackson Township Republican Club.
Clayton’s son William Santos was at the center of an alleged FBI investigation in 2014, according to the Asbury Park Press during an investigation into political contracts awarded to Joseph Veni, a Brick Republican leader who received contracts from Freeholder Joseph Vicari and his involvement in a sexual harassment claim. Veni died four years later. Santos retired from his $125,000 job in Ocean County in 2014.