March 27, 2020
PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Connecticut State Board of Mediation and Arbitration Panel Finds Former Meriden Police Captain Dishonest and Properly Terminated for Cause
MERIDEN- A State of Connecticut Department of Labor – Board of Mediation and Arbitration Panel issued a decision on March 10, 2020, concluding that not only was the termination of former Meriden Police Department Captain Patrick Gaynor justified, but that Gaynor “demonstrated a reckless disregard for the facts,” “recklessly made [allegations] to the point of being knowingly false,” and was “a dishonest employee.” In upholding the initial hearing officer’s June 26, 2017 decision, the Panel held that Gaynor engaged in a “pattern of untruths and reckless disregard for the truth . . . all in his quest to bring down the Chief.”
On June 12, 2015, Gaynor requested that he be allowed to take online training focusing on leadership and organizational behavior, which request was expressly denied by Police Chief Jeffry Cossette, citing budgetary concerns. Gaynor subsequently signed himself up for the course during the time he was Acting Communications Director and requested reimbursement for the cost. The same day an investigation of Gaynor was initiated, Gaynor accused the Chief of retaliation. The City retained outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation who determined that there was no retaliation. Likewise, an independent hearing officer also concluded that the charge of insubordination was substantiated, and Gaynor appealed the decision to the Department of Labor.
Twelve days of hearings spanning the course of two years ensued before the Panel, wherein both parties offered testimony, were cross-examined, and submitted evidence prior to the March 10th decision. Ultimately, Gaynor’s numerous false testimony and accusations resulted in the Panel’s decision that the termination of Gaynor was for just cause. Gaynor also filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court, District Court of Connecticut based on the same allegations which matter is still pending. “The City is pleased with the Panel’s thorough decision and grateful to the City’s outside counsel, Michael Rose, who worked tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome,” said City Attorney Stephanie Dellolio.
The Panel’s decision is available upon request.