Last updated: February 11. 2014 2:42PM - 818 Views
By - gsowinski@civitasmedia.com

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CELINA — A hearing began Tuesday in the case of a former police chief who is trying to get back his job.

The hearing before the Civil Service Board was expected to last several days, officials said.

Slusser was dismissed in August by Celina Safety Service Director Thomas Hitchcock and Mayor Jeffrey Hazel after allegations surfaced calling into question his professionalism.

The two city leaders said in a letter to Slusser it was clear he took possession of prescribed medicine connected to a domestic violence complaint. They also accused him of giving multiple stories about the incident.

Slusser told the two men he gave the medicine to a sheriff's deputy to dispose of, according to records.

The mayor and safety service director also accuse him of altering time cards, having evidence from a 2004 case in his desk and keeping a handgun for 12 years he was supposed to have for a two-week trial. They said he gave laptop computers to staff that was supposed to be cleared but was found to contain sensitive police files and photos.

Slusser was scheduled to have a pre-disciplinary hearing but waived his right to the conference. He was placed on paid suspension in February 2013 and ordered to turn in his gun, badge, identification card and keys to the building.

Slusser joined the department in 1978.

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