Archive for Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Officer resigns from department

July 23, 2003

Bill Dempsey is no longer a Baldwin police officer.

The Baldwin City Council accepted Dempsey's resignation Monday night after meeting in executive session for 15 minutes.

Neither Dempsey nor his attorney, Dennis Hawver, could be reached for comment.

Dempsey's resignation follows his June suspension from the Baldwin City Police Department when it was discovered during a background check that he was once convicted of a felony.

According to City Attorney Matt Hoy, state statute prohibits a convicted felon from serving as a law enforcement officer.

On June 10, Dempsey was given a "notice of disciplinary action" and suspended with pay when it was discovered during police department background checks that he had been convicted of auto theft in San Diego County, Calif., in 1964 when he was 19 years old. In 1973, the felony was expunged from his record.

Dempsey was hired as a part-time officer for the BCPD in 1992. He left the department in 1992 and was rehired in 1996 as a full-time officer.

Dempsey was a corporal at the time of his suspension.

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