Havre de Grace police file allegations against chief, city says


More than half the employees in the Havre de Grace Police Department have brought allegations against the police chief and other supervisors, according to a motion filed Thursday in Harford County Circuit Court by attorneys for the city.

The city's motion seeks to vacate an injunction issued June 29 by Judge Maurice W. Baldwin Jr. The judge's injunction prevented Mayor Gunther D. Hirsch from placing Chief William L. on administrative leave with pay.

The court documents do not divulge the allegations, but say they could "result in liability on the part of the city."

Chief Lamphere said the assertion that half the Police Department, which has 25 sworn officers, is involved in bringing allegations against him is an exaggeration.

"That is not so," he said. "I've had many employees come and reassure me they are not for this."

No one in the city administration officially has told him what the allegations are, he said.

As of Friday, no date had been set for a hearing before Judge Baldwin, as requested in the city's motion. The injunction expires tomorrow but John E. Kelly, Chief Lamphere's attorney, said he would ask the judge to extend it if the mayor tried to place his client on administrative leave again.

Chief Lamphere refused to take leave with pay June 29, as ordered by the mayor. He asked for the injunction because, he said, the mayor's action violated the City Charter.

Mayor Hirsch has refused to comment on the matter. At Monday's City Council meeting, he refused requests by two residents to explain the actions against the chief.

One of the residents was former City Councilman Wardell Stansbury.

"Give me a report of what transpired, or make it accessible to the public as to what is transpiring," Mr. Stansbury said after the meeting. The mayor should not have made the decision to place the police chief on leave without action by the council, he said.

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