South Jersey crossing guard suspended for texting mayor about crosswalk

A southern New Jersey crossing guard has been suspended for two days for texting the town’s mayor to get a snow-covered crosswalk cleared.

WPVI-TV reports Gina Bowne says she was punished for insubordination by breaking the chain of command when she texted Runnemede Mayor Nick Kappatos about the crosswalk.

Bowne says her normal point of contact wasn’t working Monday, so she got in touch with the mayor, who told her he’d take care of it. Kappatos says he forwarded the message to public works.

The police chief wouldn’t comment on what he says is a personnel issue. But the town says in a statement that is has procedures that employees are required to follow.

A petition supporting Bowne is expected to be presented to borough council next week.

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