There are many things for which one can find “only in Atlantic City.” Delicious Italian bread, a world famous boardwalk, and New Jersey casinos are a few. One more is, or at least was, a Clerk Typist who cannot type.
How many people would wish to have a job for which they receive compensation and are unqualified to perform the task required. Clerk Typists are required to meet a certain word-per-minute requirement to achieve employment. Ernest Coursey was a Clerk Typist who could not meet the requirements for his job. Regina Schaffer writes:
Coursey was hired as a clerk typist for the city in 1986, and worked in that position until 1991, when he became a member of City Council. In 2001, Coursey was appointed as a confidential aide to Langford. In Aug. 2005, Coursey was appointed Demolition Pro-gram Coordinator. …
[Dominic] Cappella ordered Coursey to take a typing exam Jan. 3, 2006, the same day former Mayor Bob Levy took office, according to [Mr. Coursey’s] lawsuit.
Mr. Coursey is suing the City claiming political retaliation lost him his job. Mr. Coursey brushes aside the fact that he was earning a taxpayer salary for a job that he was not qualified to hold. Rather than issuing a lawsuit against taxpayers, Mr. Coursey owes taxpayers an apology. He should pay back all of his wages earned under false pretense.
Mr. Coursey failed his typing test. Only in Atlantic City will you find a Clerk Typist who cannot type to requirements. Here is an idea: take a course at Atlantic Cape Community College. Learn how to type. Do not sue the City for either a settlement or a judgement that will come out of the taxpayers’ pockets.