NJ police chief paid $115,000 while suspended
How would you like to earn a six-figure salary without working?
The Star-Ledger is reporting that Irvington Police Chief Michael Chase, suspended back in December 2012 and accused of more than 130 violations, has collected $115,000 during 2013, or nearly $13,000 a month.
Chase was suspended following an investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, who accused him of stopping an investigation into the alleged misconduct of a police officer, who happened to be his nephew. Chase was also charged with failing to properly supervise his department's Internal Affairs Unit.
"His salary is in the budget anyway. It isn’t new money," Irvington Police Director Joseph Santiago told the Star-Ledger, noting the suspension doesn't violate state guidelines.
"What they’ve done is given him a legal no-show job," said Councilman David Lyons. "The police department is costing us a hell of a lot of money."