News » News & Notes | Oct. 7
A town parking enforcement officer was fired Monday after allegations that he overlooked parking violations in return for bribes, the Times of Trenton reported.
Chris Boutote, who is also a retired Princeton Borough police officer, and another enforcement officer, John Hughes, were suspended last month after passersby reported certain cars with menus and shopping bags on the dashboards remained at metered parking spots downtown for up to 10 hours without receiving a ticket, while other vehicles were ticketed immediately. Meters in the area have a two-hour time limit.
According to town administrator Bob Bruschi, Boutote received “goods” from car owners. He was terminated and will face administrative charges, but has not yet been levied with any criminal charges. Hughes will face administrative discipline, including a likely demotion and suspension.
Bruschi told the Times that he does not believe the incident goes deeper than the one individual, but that police staff had been reminded of the policy prohibiting gifts and gratuities.
According to the Times, state records indicated Boutote earned $48,109 a year with a monthly pension of about $4,400.