UNION CITY AND BEYOND -- Several media outlets are reporting that the office of Mayor Brian Stack received a subpoena from the state attorney general’s office this week regarding allegations against Police Chief Charles Everett. One report also said that the Board of Education and Everett's office also received subpoenas.
Last month, News 12 presented an investigative TV report about Everett and his off-duty work at the city’s pools and athletic field. Everett is paid over $200,000 a year for his full-time job as police chief. According to News 12, Everett also used to provide security at the city’s pools and Jose Marti Athletic Field. He worked for two years on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 4 p.m. until 12 p.m. billing $60 per hour for a total of $45,000 a year.
News 12 said their videos showed Chief Everett showing up late, leaving early, and even working out at the gym while he was supposed to be at his off-duty detail.
Records obtained by The Hudson Reporter showed that for the extra work, the Union City Board of Education paid Everett – through the Police Department – $34,770 in 2009, $36,840 in 2010, and $17,520 in 2011 for security.
In the News 12 report, he said, “I am not going to talk about the detail.”
After the News 12 report aired in August, Stack hired an outside attorney, Walter Timpone of Morristown, to undertake an investigation. However, one source asked last week why Stack would not have had state investigators come in for free, and why he would spend tax dollars on a separate investigation.
Tuesday's information about the subpoenas came from “a source with knowledge of the investigation,” according to NJ.com.That news source later said that Stack spokesman Mark Albiez confirmed the subpoenas in a report on News 12.
Joseph Blaettler, a former Union City deputy police chief, has been sending letters about this matter since June to the Hudson County prosecutor, the state attorney general, the United States Attorney General, members of the New Jersey state Senate, and tri-state news agencies. Blaettler has been responsible for several news reports on possible wrongdoing in Union City. He was the deputy chief of police for four years. He retired in December 2008 and opened a private investigation service. He said a year ago that he was hired by a private citizen to look into alleged waste and inefficiency by Mayor Stack (who is also a state senator).
On Monday, Blaettler told the Reporter that he still has that person as a client, but has had other people ask him to investigate ppossible wrongdoing on behalf of the taxpayers, as well.
Blaettler has brought other issues to light, and spurred a Fox news “Shame on You!” segment about Stack’s ex-wife, who runs the city’s day care center.
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