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Ridgewood to pay firefighter’s legal bills
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
BY CHRIS HARRIS
RIDGEWOOD — The Village Council has agreed to reimburse a fire captain’s legal bills from his successful overturning of a decision not to promote him.
The village will pay nearly $5,000 in legal fees incurred by Capt. John Albano, a member of the paid fire squad for nearly three decades.
Last August, the New Jersey Civil Service Commission ruled that Village Manager Ken Gabbert tried to circumvent the rules that govern military veterans’ preference, when he improperly denied a promotion to Albano, then a lieutenant, a year earlier.
The council last week voted 3-1 to reimburse Albano $4,853in legal fees. Councilman Thomas Riche stormed out of the council chambers just before the vote.
Albano was one of three people that Fire Chief James Van Goor presented for two captain positions in the department. Christopher DuFloucq, Albano and Robert Kozielski were listed in that order, according to the ruling.