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June 11, 2014

Salem police captain suspended

Gilligan punished after probe into private work details

SALEM — The officer responsible for overseeing the police department’s private detail assignments has been suspended after Chief Paul Tucker found he appears to have worked details while on duty and improperly documented his hours.

Capt. Brian Gilligan, the city’s second highest-paid employee last year, runs the Special Operations Division, which oversees not only all detail assignments but the rules pertaining to officers who perform them.

Letter from Chief Tucker to Capt. Gilligan

Gilligan, who declined to comment for this story, was penalized with a five-day unpaid suspension, loss of 12 vacation days and a 14-day prohibition from working details, Tucker said. He also has been removed from his duty overseeing the details system, though he remains a captain and in control of his division.

“This is not something that we’re taking lightly,” Tucker said. “Police officers have to be held to a higher standard.”

The penalty comes at the completion of an administrative review Tucker ordered after hearing something around the station that led him to question Gilligan’s work habits, he said. The review uncovered about 24 instances over the past year in which Gilligan appeared to have worked details — which pay $40 an hour — while on duty, a violation of department policy.

“He had left work to work the details,” Tucker said. “He took some time off, but he didn’t properly document all the time off that he should’ve taken. ... If you look at the records, it would suggest he was on both at one time.”

The review confirmed that Gilligan had probably worked private details while on duty, but if so, Gilligan’s own shoddy record-keeping made the problem look bigger than it actually was, Tucker said. He added that while he’d heard rumors that Gilligan was “on city time working hours and hours of details,” that wasn’t true.

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