Two Baltimore police officers -- one convicted of murder and the other charged with the second-degree rape of another city officer -- were fired yesterday by police Commissioner Edward V. Woods.
James A. Kulbicki, 37, a sergeant, will be notified by a certified letter being sent to his attorney that his employment has been terminated. Kulbicki, a nine-year veteran of the force, was convicted Wednesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court of first-degree murder in the death of his former girlfriend.
He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center awaiting sentencing Jan. 26. The jury also convicted Kulbicki of using a handgun to kill the victim, 22-year-old Gina Marie Nueslein, who had given birth to his child during a three-year affair.
It is the city Police Department's policy to fire any officer convicted of a felony, said Police Agent Doug Price, a city police spokesman. The police commissioner signed the termination order yesterday.
He also authorized the firing of Andrew Mays, 26, a Northern District officer who was arrested by Baltimore County police on Saturday and charged with rape. He is accused of assaulting a 28-year-old female officer -- described by police as a woman he formerly dated -- after going to visit her Overlea home on Oct. 14.
Although Mr. Mays is awaiting trial, he was fired because "of the seriousness of the charge and by virtue of the fact that he is on probationary status" in the department, Agent Price said. Mr. Mays had only been on the force for four months, Agent Price said.
If Mr. Mays is later cleared of the charge, he may reapply for another job on the city police force, Agent Price said.
Kulbicki and Mr. Mays had been suspended without pay before yesterday's action.