(AP) PATERSON, N.J. -- Paterson city officials say they have fired a New Jersey fire captain who was commuting to work from a Pennsylvania prison.
Paterson fire Capt. Thomas Alala was serving a year for drunken driving when city officials discovered in May that he was commuting roughly 70 miles from the Northampton County Prison in Easton, Pa., for his 24-hour shifts.
Fire officials say he never told the department about the conviction _ his third one for driving while intoxicated _ and the work-release arrangement was stopped.
A retired New Jersey Superior court judge serving as a disciplinary hearing officer ruled Monday that Alala should be terminated for "conduct unbecoming a public employee."
Alala earned roughly $100,000 annually, and it was unclear if he would lose his pension.
Information from: The Herald News of West Paterson, http://www.northjersey.com
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