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Crime & Punishment: Skateboarding Teenage Flasher on the Loose in Darien
Over the last five years, the Town of Woodbridge has paid Fire Marshal Michael Cavanagh for about 2,000 hours he did not work because Cavanagh was unaware that his hours had been increased. Cavanagh moved into the part-time, $37,984-a-year position in 2001. According to the minutes, he was at the 2007 Fire Commission meeting at which his hours were increased from 20 to 28 a week (as he had been requesting). "I guess I was there because the minutes say I was. I have no explanation. It was not intentional," Cavanagh, in echoes of Alberto Gonzales, told the New Haven Register. He also apparently did not think to ask why his pay had been increased by nearly $2,000 a year. It was not discovered Cavanagh was still working 20 hours a week until town officials noticed certain inspections were not being made on schedule. The town also says it can't force him to give back the nearly $10,000 for which he has been overpaid.
By Nick Keppler
August 28, 2012