Anne Arundel County police are investigating allegations that a lieutenant has supplemented his income by asking fellow officers to do private security work for him while on duty.
"We take these allegations very seriously," said Police Chief P. Thomas Shanahan. The chief called in his internal affairs division after Lt. Donald J. Hauf Jr., who says he coordinates security jobs, complained to superiors Thursday about fellow officers questioning his ethics.
The Anne Arundel County Ethics Commission, an advisory board, ruled in June that police officers should not "own or operate a private security firm employing off-duty county officers."
Hauf said he has "done nothing wrong."
"We work secondary employment," said Hauf, who lives in Linthicum Heights. "Every cop I know works secondary employment. The county just doesn't pay good enough."
Hauf augments his $61,696 police salary by providing security for an apartment complex in Glen Burnie, a community of townhouses and single-family homes in Pasadena and a luxury home development in Crownsville.
Over the past five years, Hauf has employed 21 officers -- at $15 an hour -- to patrol the developments, officers said.
While it is against police department policy for an officer to employ fellow officers, according to Deputy Chief Gary Barr, Hauf said he was unaware of that regulation. He said he has paid his employees -- other officers in his command -- by writing them personal checks because "it's just easier for bookkeeping."
Hauf also defended instructing on-duty officers to guard the Penderbrooke development in Crownsville -- owned by Gary Koch, who has contracts for security services with the lieutenant for other sites.
Koch, who praises Hauf's work, hired him a year ago to guard Carriage Pines townhouses in Severn and Farmington Village -- a Pasadena development of townhouses and single-family homes.
Two weeks ago, Koch called Hauf about two burglaries in Penderbrooke -- a development with homes priced from $330,000 to $550,000. Koch said Hauf assured him that police would organize a stakeout to find the culprits and prevent further thefts.
But police sources said Hauf did not tell superiors about the stake-out, conducted over a week ago, at Penderbrooke or about his business relationship with Koch.
"Instead of hiring somebody to get there from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., I took it upon myself to let my shift get involved in this so my shift could get part of this case if, in fact, we end up making this case and locking these people up," said Hauf, who has been on the county police force for 24 years.
Last week, one of Hauf's employees, police Officer James T. Amantea, said Hauf paid him $15 an hour to watch the development while he was off duty. Detective Kenneth Edmonds, a Northern District officer, also said Hauf paid him to watch the development one evening this month, and county police records show an off-duty officer was patrolling the neighborhood from about 4 p.m. to about 11 p.m. most nights between May 2 and May 12.
Koch, however, denies paying Hauf for security at the Penderbrooke site. "Donald, through the police force, was investigating," he said.
Joan Taylor, property manager for the Villages at Marley Station, a 26-building apartment complex in Glen Burnie, said she pays Hauf to station an off-duty police officer at that complex each night.
"It was my understanding they were all off-duty police officers," said Taylor.
But some evenings, on-duty officers have patrolled the complex. On Monday, for example, on-duty county police patrolled the complex on bicycles, county records show.
No private guard was at the complex Wednesday evening. When a resident called to complain of a problem, Officer Rick Morris, on duty at the Northern District, was sent to check doors to laundry rooms. He arrested a homeless man he found napping near washing machines.
Morris said Hauf was not paying him for the patrols, but that he was simply working his post on duty.
Deputy Chief Barr said Morris had departmental approval to work at the complex while off duty through March.
Sun staff writer TaNoah Morgan contributed to this article.