Longtime Salisbury Police officer fired

  • Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:10 p.m.

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Police Department fired a longtime officer today after an apparent training incident.

Police Chief Rory Collins fired former Sgt. Rodney Mahaley, a Special Response Team member and drug investigator. Collins said Mahaley was shot with a “simulation round” fired by a subordinate and responded “in a manner that was unbecoming of an officer,” a termination letter read.

Mahaley has been with the department for more than 15 years.

The termination came just months after former officer Kenny Lane, who was fired last fall, accused Mahaley of running a Taser training exercise like a “frat party.”

Lane said Mahaley demanded that every officer be hit with the stun gun, despite the fact that several declined to use them. After a brief argument, Mahaley told Lane to leave.

The Mahaley termination letter, released late this afternoon, does not mention that incident.

In the letter, Collins said Mahaley violated three policies: standards of conduct, conduct toward fellow employees and reprimands in public.

“Supervisors and commanders are not to reprimand subordinate officers or employees in the presence of other department members or members of the public,” the policy states. “Reprimands for improper behavior are to be made in private. This rule shall not restrict supervisors or commanders from correcting actions of subordinates in order to insure proper conduct of police activity.”

The letter was dated for today, but the date of the incident was not given. The incident happened during a Special Response Team training exercise.

Emails and phone calls to Salisbury Public Information Officer Elaney Hasselmann were not immediately returned.

Mahaley’s pay and insurance will continue through March 31, the termination letter said.

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