GRIFFITH – A police officer recently suspended for stealing state grant money has decided to retire, the Safety Board said Thursday.
"We have received Mr. (Michael) Gulley's letter for retirement" and will forward it to the Police Pension Board, Chairman Jim Marker said.
The review by the Pension Board is just a formality, board members said.
Gulley was suspended for 30 days without pay in February after the board determined through an internal investigation that he took about $1,600 by falsifying work hour records associated with Operation Pull Over.
During the meeting, the board also voted unanimously to reconfirm its decision to order the suspension, which was recommended by then interim Police Chief Matthew Moore.
The vote was taken just to have on the record that the board reaffirmed its action, Marker noted.
Gulley has paid the money back and no further action is contemplated by the town, Town Attorney Brent Torrenga said.
Town officials declined to speculate on whether any action against Gulley might be taken by the state.
In other business, the board introduced Gino, the Police Department's first canine officer.
A 1 year old German shepherd, he is handled by Patrolman Robert Gutierrez. The dog is in his second of six weeks of training to prepare him for active duty, Gutierrez noted.
"I want to take this time to thank the public and businesses that made it possible," Marker.