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March ?4,1998

Mr. Donald Goddard 429 Dutchess TurnPike Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

RE: NOTICE AND STATEMENT OF CI{ARGES

Dear Mr. Goddard:

of Civil Service Law, the existing Collective Bargaining Agreem,en! the Town of Hyde Park Police Department' you are hereby notified

In accordance with the provisions

and the Rules and Regulations of

that the following charges are preferred against you:

CHARGES

Charge I

Specification 1.

Specification 2.

Specification 3.

YOU ARE GUILTY OF MISCONDUCT, AND/OR

INSUBORDINATION, ANDIOR CONDUCT UN-

BECOMING

AND/OR

AN OFFICE&

AND/OR FRAUD,

FALSIFICATION OF PUBLIC

DOCUMENTS, ANDIOR VIOLATION OF

DEPARTMENTAL RULES AND REGULATIONS AND/OR INCOMPETENCY.

That you are employed by the Town of Hyde Park, a municipal corporation

as a full-time Police Offrcer.

That you were hired on the 24th day of January, 1986'

That your position is in the competitive class of civil service.

Specification 4.

Specification 5.

Specification 6.

Specification 7

Specification 8.

Specification 9.

Specification 10.

Specification 1 1.

Specification 12.

Specification 13.

Specification 14.

Specification 15.

That as a full-time Police Ofiicer, you are assigned by your department to

work a specific shift as hereinafter set forth.

That you

worked

are also required to maintain records of the time that you actually

and to note the use of any vacation time' sick time, personal time and

to note any other absence-

That you are obligated to submit to your department head at the end of a two

(2)

it""o.O, containing the above cited information as to the hours worked or

benefits used.

week work period, a document entitled Town of Hyde Park Attendance

That you are obligated to execute the certification on the bottom of said

atteniance record, which states "I certi$r the above record ofwork hours that

I am supplying is in fact the hours that I have worked during the above payroll

period to best of my knowledge."

That on or about July

the payroll period

5,

lggT,yousubmitted a certified attendance sheet for

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That on the following Friday you were paid for the time as computed from the

above cited attendance sheet.

That said attendance sheet as submitted by you was false and known or should have been known by you to be false at the time of submission.

That said attendance record indicated that you worked eight (8) hours on June

23,1997.

That you were scheduled to work from 1 1:00 PM to 7.00 AM'

That the sick log maintained by the employer indicated that you did not work

on June 23, 1997 due to illness.

That you knowingly submitted a false attendance sheet.

That said attendance sheet is an of8cial document ofthe Town of Hyde Park'

Specification

16,

That said attendance sheet is a public record

Specification

17.

That your actions constitute misconduct,

insubordination and conduct

 

unbecoming an ofiicer.

 

Specification 18

That your conduct also violates the Rules and Regulations of the Town of

Hyde Park Police Department, to wit:

 

A.

Article III.

 

Section 3.1

Section 3.2.3

Section 3.2.4

Section 3.2.34

Section 4.2

 

Article VII

 

Section 7.1 Section 7.1.1 Section 7.1.2 Section 7.1.3 Section 7.1.9 Section 7 .1.20 Section 7.1.34

 

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Article VIII

 

Section 8.1

Specification 19.

That your conduct caused you to be paid for time you did not work.

Specification 20.

That your conduct caused your benefit time to reflect more sick time than

you, in fact, had.

Specification 21.

That your conduct violated the public trust and your Oath of Ofiice'

You are allowed until the _ day of April, 1998 within which to make and file your answer in writing

to these charges.

at 627 Albany

Such answer should reach the Office of the Supervisor of the Town of Hyde Park

Post Road, Hyde Park, New York 12538 at or before 4:00 P.M. in the afternoon of

said _ day of April, 1998.

You are entitled to a hearing on the above charges and to be represented by an attorney. You should

be prepared at such hearing to present such witnesses and other proof as you may have in your

defense against these charges.

You are hereby notified that you may have a hearing pursuant to Section 75 of the Civil Service Law

or a hearing before the Town Board sifting as the trial commission as provided for in the Rules and

Regulations. At the time ofthe submission ofyour Answer, you should indicate which procedure you

wish to follow. Absent a decision as the procedure to be followed, you shall be deemed to have

selected the procedure under Section 75 ofthe Civil Service Law. Pursuant to said procedure please

be advised that the Town Board has selected Edmund V. Caplicki, Jr. as the Impartial Hearing

Ofiicer. Please be advised that you will be notified of the time, date and place of saidhearing.

Ifyou are found guilty ofthe above charges, you are hereby advised that the appointing authority will

consider your employment record in determining the penalty to be imposed. You may at that time present an explanation concerning the adverse contents, ifany, ofyour personnel file.

The penalty or punishment imposed on you, upon a finding of guilt, may consist of either dismissal

from the service, a demotion in grade and title, suspension without pay for a period of not exceeding

two months, a fine not exceeding $100.00, or a reprimand.

TI{E PROPOSED PENALTY IS 30 DAY SUSPENSION WITHOUT PAY ON EACH CHARGE.

AII further notices and communications addressed to you in connection with these charges will be mailed to your latest address on record in the Personnel Office of the Town of Hyde Park which address is 429 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, New York, 12601unless you request in writing

that the same be sent to you at a different address.

Very truly yours,

TIIOMAS SPENCE

Supervisor of the Town of Hyde Park

Pursuant to a resolution of the Town Board duly adopted on the -

duy of March, 1998.