Mayor Raymond Giacobbe said Fire Chief William R. Young Jr. will resign from his $173,000 job effective Feb. 1, 2018, in the wake of charges he was with driving while intoxicated in November,
“Fire Chief Young has notified the city that he will retire effective Feb. 1, 2018,” said Giacobbe. “The chief has been relieved of his duties effective Jan. 12, 2018. Battalion Chief Michael Roberts is serving as acting chief.”
Young was arrested following a November traffic stop during which officers in Jackson Township allegedly observed vomit and urine stains on him, according to a police report.
Young, 60, who is also the city’s fire director, was visibly intoxicated in a dashcam video that went viral after it was released by Jackson Police.
Young’s blood alcohol level was .12 percent, which is significantly above the legal limit of .08 percent, according to a police report.
More than 100 new reports surfaced after Rahway Fire Chief William R. Young Jr. was charged with driving drunk by Jackson Township Police, who stopped him at about 10:40 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2017, and conducted several field sobriety tests.
The 60-year-old chief was off-duty and in his personal vehicle when the incident occurred.
New Jersey and New York news media began reporting stories on January 10 when news of the November 11 arrest surfaced. A second wave followed release of the police dash-cam video showing Young getting arrested, which was posted on YouTube by NJ.com on January 19, 2018.
The video of the incident shows Jackson Police Officer Michael Morizio questioning Young, who vomited and urinated on himself, as the fire chief denied that he was drunk.
“Mr. Young is presumed innocent of his motor vehicle charges,” said attorney Matthew Reisig. “My law firm will aggressively defend his legal interests. Neither this law firm nor Mr. Young will make any further comments going forward during the pendency of this matter.”
Young is the second Rahway official to depart the his post in the wake of exposure of an embarrassing motor vehicle incident. Samson Steinman unexpectedly resigned as mayor on Christmas Eve, after twice crashing a city car.
Giacobbe was appointed to that position and he is expected to seek a full 4-year term in the 2018 elections.
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