Wednesday, November 30, 2005
[NH] Salem Officer Mulchahey fired again, wants it back (again)
Police Officer Kenneth Mulchahey is fired again and heading back for arbitration to get his job back if he can - again. An arbiter has overturned his firings twice before. In 2002 he "allegedly" ran license plates of his ex-wife's friends. Salem District Court Family Division Judge Gerald Taube also issued a restraining order to Mulchahey's wife who said she was in fear for herself and their kids - for reasons not put in the news. He ordered Mulchahey to surrender all his guns. In 2004 he was caught repeatedly hanging out at home when he was supposedly on-duty. The arbiter worked it to suspend & demote him from sergeant to officer. His wife opted to drop the restraining order - for reasons not in the news.
This year Mulchahey was arrested in Massachusetts on charges of assault and battery, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, disorderly conduct & resisting arrest. It was about an "altercation" where police say Mulchahey tried to grab a cell phone from a girl’s waist during an argument, refused to follow police orders when approached and then "bumped" a sergeant with his car door as he tried to drive away. His arrest on that assault of the girl and the officer came 2 weeks after he returned to work following a 30-day suspension for "insubordination" - an argument between Mulchahey and a sergeant who reprimanded him for altering his police uniform to show more of his biceps.
Town Manager Henry E. LaBranche made the decision last week to fire Mulchahey, ending the $994-a-week salary he collected while on paid suspension.