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Only in Atlantic City

   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.


About Jesse O. Kurtz

I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.


2 thoughts on “Only in Atlantic City

  1. Those close to the jitney driver (and how could he drive a jitney while being a clerk typist??) know another secret too: He cannot read!!

    You would think that being on city council would require that you be able to read. But somehow Ernie failed to learn that simple lesson.

    Posted by dave202 | May 3, 2008, 11:48 pm
  2. It’s well known that the guy can’t read, either. As for his suit: he’ll cash in if Langford comes back, typical Atlantic City reverse logic.

    Posted by It's true | May 4, 2008, 10:41 am

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