CELINA — Following a string of incidents questioning the Celina police chief’s professionalism, David Slusser has been dismissed from his position.
In a hand-delivered letter dated Thursday that Celina Safety Service Director Thomas J. Hitchcock and Mayor Jeffrey S. Hazel co-signed, they highlighted the incidents that led to Slusser’s dismissal. His termination was effective at 5 p.m. on Friday.
“There is no dispute you took possession of prescribed medication related to a domestic violence complaint. … You have given multiple stories regarding what you did with the medication,” according to the letter.
When questioned, Slusser said he had thrown the medication away. Then he said he gave the medication to other Sheriff’s Office employees to dispose of it.
According to the letter, Slusser had violated various departmental policies, including neglect in the performance of his duties, insubordination, making false statements, being dishonest, and practicing conduct unbecoming of a city employee.
The letter also read, “You have admitted that you, in fact, did alter the time sheets of employees so that specified public funds could be used to pay employees.”
The three-page letter summarized several other incidents:
• Evidence from a 2004 criminal investigation that was found in his desk.
• A handgun Slusser kept for 12 years that was supposed to be used for a two-week trial.
• Laptops given to county staff that were supposed to be cleared, but contained sensitive police files and photos.
Slusser was originally scheduled to have a pre-disciplinary conference on May 30, but the meeting had been postponed to June 12, at the request of Slusser’s attorney However, Slusser waived his right to that conference in writing on June 11.
Slusser was placed on paid suspension in February and ordered to turn in his gun, badge, identification and keys to the building. He had been employed with the department since 1978.
Slusser was not available for comment. It was not immediately clear if any criminal charges would be filed for his actions.