Ex-fire chief gets $160K for unused sick time

Former Rahway Fire Chief William Young Jr, who was fired in the wake of his drunken driving arrest last year, will be paid more than $160,000 for unused sick time.

Young was pulled over in November after 911 callers informed Jackson Township Police that he almost hit a bus and a wall.

A viral video circulated showing the fire chief failed sobriety tests administered by police, and denying the obvious truth when officers told him that he urinated on himself.

More than 100 new reports surfaced after Young was charged with driving drunk by Jackson Township Police, who stopped him on his way home at about 10:40 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2017, and conducted several field sobriety tests.

According to the police report, Young drove about 40 miles from a party in Rahway, when he was pulled over and appeared to have urinated and vomited on himself.He 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.

The 60-year-old Young, who was earning about $175,000 a year in the taxpayer-funded job, was relieved of his duties Jan. 12 and retired effective Feb. 1.

The $162,254 will pay Young for nearly 250 unused sick days.

Mayor Raymond Giacobbe, who was elevated to that job as City Council President when Samson Steinman resigned on Christmas eve, did not respond to requests for comment.


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