GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (September 26, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--Former Gloucester City Fireman George Huston (photo)made the headlines recently. Huston, raised in Gloucester City, retired from the local fire department in 2017 with a *$70,337 pension.
According to the New Jersey Globe, Huston is working as the Gloucester County Deputy Fire Marshal with a $63,960 annual salary. "Now the 59-year-old Huston is making 32% more money from public jobs than he was five years ago," stated the article.
Huston’s new boss is Shawn Layton (photo below), the embattled county fire marshal who supposedly left a trained arson dog named Ember in a county-owned vehicle on an 87-degree day in August. As a result of his carelessness, the three-year-old Golden Retriever died from the heat.
The outcry from the public and some politicians over the dog's death has resulted in Layton being investigated by the Gloucester County Prosecutors Office.
Read the GLOBE article; Deputy Fire Marshal Allied With Mantua Democrats Won’t Say If Layton Still At Work.
Ember joined the Gloucester County Fire Marshal’s Office in 2020 after training at the John “Sonny” Burke Police K-9 Academy at the Atlantic County Police Training Center.
The Globe reported that state law provides stricter penalties for those who abuse animals utilized by law enforcement or first responders.
*FOR THE RECORD: Mr. Huston is allowed to work another job after he retires; no state or city law says he can't.