Fire official to remain on force pending outcome of court cases

Arundel lieutenant faces alcohol-related charges

January 06, 2001|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County Fire Lt. Patrick Charles Gilligan will remain on administrative duty pending the outcome of two drunken driving charges and one criminal charge filed against him, officials said yesterday.

This week, the 17-year department veteran pleaded guilty in District Court in Glen Burnie to a July 27 charge of driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to three years' supervised probation.

However, a disciplinary hearing to decide whether the 35-year-old firefighter will keep his job won't be held until all criminal cases against him are concluded.

Gilligan is the son of Michael F. Gilligan, a former County Council member who is a friend of County Executive Janet S. Owens'.

Some police officers questioned whether the younger Gilligan was given special treatment on Aug. 23 when he was arrested and released on a burglary charge without a customary bail hearing - on the order of Police Chief P. Thomas Shanahan. Shanahan allowed Gilligan to go the hospital for alcohol treatment rather than be sent first to District Court. Gilligan had been arrested two days earlier on his second drunken driving charge in a month.

Gillian was accused of trying to break into an elderly Pasadena woman's home on Aug. 23. His lawyer, Lloyd E. Clinton of Glen Burnie, did not return calls yesterday.

Gilligan is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 5 to answer the burglary charge. A March 14 hearing has been scheduled in his Aug. 21 drunken driving case.

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