While the state recently stripped Gene Rubino of his title of chief of detectives, he will continue to work for the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in a slightly different capacity.
“Gene Rubino has held and will continue to hold the title of Executive Assistant Prosecutor with the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor. He will now also have an internal title of Director of Investigations in this Office,” Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.
“This is a change in an internal title only and not a promotion or a demotion. He will continue to serve this Office and Hudson County as he has done for more than twenty years.”
After much speculation, the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice decided that Rubino did not have the qualifications to hold the title of chief of detectives, as Real Jersey City reported yesterday.
While a spokesman for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office declined to comment on the situation, referring the matter to the HCPO, three sources independently confirmed that the state had indeed gotten involved in the matter.
Rubino’s employment came under the microscope after HCPO Det. Erin Burns Rubas filed a lawsuit in April alleging she was the victim of repeated discrimination by the agency.
One of the allegations in the suit said that Rubino was not allowed to hold his title under state law since “he failed to complete the required police academy training.”
According to public records, Rubino has worked for the HCPO since September 1st, 1996 and he earned a salary of $148,600 last year.