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Butler Fire Inspector Accused of Official Misconduct

Prosecutor: Earl Dean allegedly tampered with and falsified public records.

The Butler Borough fire inspector was charged Friday with official misconduct for allegedly tampering with and falsifying public records, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said.

Earl Dean, 62, was charged with second-degree official misconduct, third-degree tampering with public records and fourth-degree falsifying or tampering with records, according to Capt. Jeffrey Paul, spokesman for Morris County Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi.

Butler Det. Colleen Pascale informed the Morris County Prosecutor's Office Specialized Crimes Division on Sept. 1 that Dean allegedly may have been falsifying fire inspection reports and fire inspection certificates for businesses in Butler, according to a statement released by the prosecutor's office.

A joint investigation by the prosecutor's office and the revealed that Dean allegedly failed to properly conduct fire inspections and allegedly issued fraudulent paperwork to allegedly cover up his actions, the prosecutor's office said.

"As taxpayers, we have a right to demand that public officials hired to perform a public service do just that. To accept a paycheck and knowingly not do what is expected is tantamount to a 'no show' job, or being paid for a service that is not rendered," Bianchi said in a statement.

"This is especially so in an area where the public safety and well-being is involved as is true with persons responsible for conducting fire safety inspections. Additionally, we once again confront a situation where a public official is alleged to have falsified public documents to cover-up their wrongdoing, which is another wholly independent basis to charge a public official." 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200, Butler Borough Police Department at 973-838-4100 or the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Stopper Program at 973-COPCALL. 

kelley March 05, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Wow!!! I can't believe this guy has gotten away with this!
JHILLMAN March 06, 2011 at 07:15 PM
At least he doesn't park his Chiefs car at the liquor store like one of the other Chiefs did. I was embarassed for the whole Fire Dept. The new Chief needs to keep his family away from Wendys too. Try going someplace healthy.
Sarah March 10, 2011 at 04:57 PM
Whether he did something wrong or not....who are you to talk about what he should be feeding his family. I am sure there are much bigger things to worry about.
Sherry October 26, 2012 at 01:41 AM
HEY DOES ANY ONE KNOW THAT OUR COUNCILMEN /FIRE FIGHTER WAS SUSPENDED RECENTLY ?????????????????
Patch Black October 31, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Who cares about who the fire chief is suspending this week or next week. He won't be happy till he suspends all of the members of kinney hose. Does anyone else see this? He has yet to fix the company's engine so you can read how many miles/hours are on the truck and other important gages.

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