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June 11, 2014

Salem police captain suspended

Gilligan punished after probe into private work details


“Were there times that he left work here [to work a private detail] and maybe left a little early? Yeah, there probably were,” Tucker said. “But we’re not talking about large blocks of time. We might be talking about an hour.”

In at least one instance, Gilligan left work early with the intention of making the time up later but never documented that he had, Tucker said. In other instances, Gilligan started his day at work and ended at a detail site, but he put in for only a half-day of vacation when he should have used a whole one.

“There were a lot of instances where he should’ve been able to document the reason why he left early, and he didn’t,” Tucker said.

Tucker said it was difficult to say how many times Gilligan could have double-dipped, mainly because of Gilligan’s own record-keeping habits.

“I don’t know how many, only because when we went back, it’s hard to match up,” Tucker said. “He didn’t keep the records he should have.”

Tucker has found formally only that Gilligan violated the department’s regulations on “false information on records,” not that he actually double-dipped, though Tucker said it was likely that Gilligan had done so. Finding that an officer had actually double-dipped could constitute “conduct unbecoming of an officer,” a different violation, Tucker said.

According to a May 29 letter Tucker sent to Gilligan, it’s also possible that Gilligan had at times been paid by a contractor for a detail while he was still working at the police station. Tucker also said he’d warned Gilligan before about properly documenting hours so that he didn’t appear to be “double-dipping.” The chief also acknowledged that, “you often work beyond your regular tour, including nights and weekends, without putting in for overtime.”

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