It may be the shortest appointment in Essex County history and easily the most embarassing. From the Star Ledger:
Newly appointed Assemblywoman Evelyn Williams was arrested and charged with shoplifting at an Irvington discount store Tuesday afternoon.
Williams, a 25-year Essex County corrections officer whose salary topped out at $70,060, was caught by a security camera in the Valley Fair Super Discount Center on Chancellor Avenue putting $14.99 price tags on a $59.99 set of bedsheets and a $49.99 comforter, according to police reports.
Yesterday, after inquiries by The Star-Ledger into her other income sources, Essex County officials fired her, saying she’d been illegally collecting state retirement checks.
“We are not going to tolerate what happened in Irvington or what happened here,” Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo said. “Even elected officials are going to play by the same rules. Elected officials should be able to keep a higher standard.”