From Gahler for Sheriff:
State Court Overturns Unfair Termination and Orders Reinstatement with Back Pay
A recent Circuit Court appeal decision found agreement with claims made by Jeff Gahler, Republican candidate for Sheriff, that the termination of a female deputy of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office was conducted without merit and unlawful, deeming the termination as both arbitrary and capricious. The court’s ruling supports documented assertions made initially by Mr. Gahler that the personnel actions of Sheriff Jesse Bane against this female employee were both biased and vengeful. Gahler used the recent decision to call attention to prohibited personnel practices that are currently taking place within the Sheriff’s Office and called the practice “unprofessional and inexcusable.”
“Sadly, this female deputy sheriff continues to suffer from Sheriff Bane’s resentful nature and the taxpayers of Harford County must now foot the bill as these prohibited actions require multiple layers of corrective action by the state judicial system,” added Gahler. “The hard working men and women of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office deserve a workplace that is void of vengeful personnel actions especially those that are politically motivated acts of retribution.”
In May of 2013, Mr. Gahler restated his commitment to the men and women of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office outlining his plan to implement a disciplinary matrix to ensure all members are treated consistently and fairly and that politics and bias do not play a role in the application of law. In making this commitment last year, Mr. Gahler used this specific case as the example of how badly employees have been made to suffer under Sheriff Bane’s hurtful nature (a link to the earlier letter can be found here).
In his order requiring the female deputy to be fully reinstated to her previous position and rank, presiding Judge Joseph A. Dugan mandated that the deputy also be reimbursed all back pay, which is more than one year’s worth of supervisor salary. According to individuals with first-hand knowledge of this personnel action, the Sheriff’s administration continues to harass the deputy by giving her an assignment at the farthest distance possible from her residence. Despite the court’s ruling, the agency is also stipulating that the female deputy is not authorized to return to full duty as a police officer because she must undergo recertification by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission due to the fact that more than one year’s time has elapsed since she was in a law enforcement capacity. This is compounded by the fact that the initial reason the deputy was placed in an inactive capacity was due to a termination that had been deemed wrongful by the courts.
The Gahler for Sheriff campaign interviewed agency employee(s) with first-hand knowledge of this personnel action. For individual privacy reasons for the affected deputy and fear of reprisal by the Bane administration, identities of those specific individuals have been withheld from this document.