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Former Peabody police officer denied reinstatement

Posted by Terri Ogan  September 3, 2013 02:00 PM

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The City of Peabody has prevailed in its efforts to prevent former police officer George Sideris from being reinstated to the Peabody Police Department, according to an announcement from the mayor's office.

“I instructed our legal department to vigorously oppose any efforts by Mr. Sideris to be reinstated as a police officer,” said a statement from Mayor Edward Bettencourt. “I am obviously pleased with the decision by the Civil Service Commission.”

Joseph Dever, the Lynnfield attorney representing Sideris, could not be reached for comment.

The mayor's office provided a copy of the Civil Service Commision finding in the case along with his statement.

According to the commission document, Sideris, who was hired as a full time police officer in 2000, was arrested in 2004 for beating his elderly mother.

The city terminated his employment in April 2007 as a result of the criminal charges against him, the document said. Sideris then appealed his termination to the Civil Service Commission.

Although Sideris’ initial appeal was dismissed in 2008, the Civil Service Commission agreed to reconsider if he was “successful” in his criminal case, the announcement said.

While awaiting trial, Sedaris’ mental health deteriorated, as he "suffered from depression and anxiety," the Civil Service Commission document said. In August 2012, the state’s Superior Court dismissed the criminal charges against him, and Sideris again petitioned the Commission for reinstatement.

In a decision issued on Aug. 8, the Commission held that the outcome of the criminal case against Sideris was not the type of “success” that it had envisioned in its previous ruling, the document stated.

“I am pleased that the Civil Service Commission adopted every procedural and substantive point in opposition raised by the city to defeat Mr. Sideris’ attempt at reinstatement,” City Solicitor Mike Smerczynski said in a statement. Smerczynski argued the case on behalf of the city.

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