A Morris Township police sergeant who contends he was skipped for promotion because of his age and a high-profile drunk driving investigation is heading to mediation, according to the Daily Record.
Sgt. Stanley Witczak III, 52, sued the township last year, alleging he was bypassed for lieutenant because superiors considered him “a dinosaur,” and because he investigated a 2012 crash involving Richard Smith, the popular Grand Marshal of the 2012 Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade, according to the newspaper.
Sgt. Witczak’s age discrimination case is heading for non-binding mediation, possibly this summer, said the newspaper, citing legal records. The paper quotes township attorney Stefani Schwartz as “vigorously” denying all the officer’s claims.
The sergeant has been a member of the force since 1984 and was promoted two decades later to sergeant, a position that now pays $113,418, the newspaper reports.