Sheriff ordered to reinstate deputy he fired last year

December 15, 2006|By TYRONE RICHARDSON

Outgoing Howard County Sheriff Charles M. Cave has been ordered to reinstate a deputy he fired last year for what Cave said was poor performance.

Carroll County Circuit Judge J. Barry Hughes ruled Wednesday that Cave violated the Law Enforcement Officer's Bill of Rights when he terminated Deputy 1st Class Calvin Elliott in October 2005.

Cave ordered Elliott fired because of security breaches at the Ellicott City District Court lockup, improper use of a radio, not wearing a gun and gun belt, and improper use of a vehicle, according to a sheriff's department internal memo filed in the court case.

The case was transferred to Carroll County Circuit Court because of conflicts of interest for Howard's judges. The county sheriff's office provides security to the courthouse.

Hughes also ordered that Elliott be paid all back pay and benefits.

Efforts yesterday to reach Cave and his attorney were unsuccessful.

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