May 14, 2014

Dishonesty ruled incompatible with individual’s employment as a peace officer


Dishonesty ruled incompatible with individual’s employment as a peace officer
OATH Index No. 1186/14

Disciplinary charges were filed against an enforcement agent [Employee] alleging that he failed to report a missing chemical spray canister and other agency equipment, and making false statements about what happened to them.

The agency’s attorney contended that in view of Employee’s status with the agency as a peace officer, the appropriate penalty was termination because of Employee’s admitted dishonesty is incompatible with his law enforcement position.

Noting that Employee persistently refused to provide a truthful explanation for the loss of the equipment, Oath Administrative Law Judge John B. Spooner recommended termination of employment as "integrity is vital" to Employee's job duties as a peace officer, which include providing truthful and accurate testimony at hearings.

The decision is posted on the Internet at:
http://archive.citylaw.org/oath/00_Cases/14-1186.pdf
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