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Quincy cop's hearing continued to Nov. 21

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 3, 2011 07:01 PM

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The hearing on a Quincy police officer who was the subject of a complaint by one of his neighbors began Wednesday, but is far from over.

Officer Joseph McGunigle, who has been on paid administrative leave for more than a month, faces several allegations regarding a dispute with a neighbor.

Although the particulars of the case are still unknown, as the complaint is not yet public, McGunigle’s wife, Dianne, said the allegations involve evidence and property handling problems, untruthfulness, and personal conduct.

Chief Paul Keenan has asked that McGunigle be fired from his position.

The hearings began at 9 a.m. on Wednesday in City Hall and were closed to the public. The Quincy Police Department had no comment on the proceedings.

According to City Solicitor Jim Timmins, three witnesses were heard in yesterday's hearings, a mix of neighbors and city employees, all against McGunigle.

Two more witnesses are expected to testify on Nov. 21 for the city. Timmins said McGunigle would likely bring his own witnesses to the second hearing date.

The case will be continued on Nov. 21 with an outside hearing officer who was brought in specifically to handle the dispute. Timmins said the hearing would most likely conclude on that day.

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