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- [CT] Sgt. Gittings suspended & demoted after dv with wife
June hearing set for appeal of suspension
Republican-American (Waterbury, CT)
April 18, 2008
SEYMOUR - Police Officer Richard Gittings has completed his three-month suspension and will return to work Monday.
Gittings was officially due back Wednesday, but he took off a few days and will start Monday, said Lt. Paul Satkowski, police department spokesman.
Gittings has an appeal pending on his suspension. A hearing has been set for mid-June before the state Board of Mediation and Arbitration.
In January, Gittings ' attorney, Gregory Cerritelli, and the Seymour Police Union filed paperwork with the state Board of Mediation and Arbitration, requesting a hearing on the suspension.
The Board of Police Commissioners in January stripped Gittings of his stripes for six months following the suspension, and said it will determine whether to reinstate his rank after that.
The board also ruled 3-2 that Gittings violated the department duty manual for repeated offenses of conduct unbecoming an officer and for violating the oath of office and the code of ethics. The charges stemmed from an Aug. 15 domestic dispute between Gittings and his wife, Laurie Anne, both of 11 Glen Circle Drive.
Both were charged with breach of peace. The charges were later nolled [PROSECUTION WAS DROPPED] in Milford Superior Court.