From The Salisbury Times, Sept 22, 1976
CLERK DOCKED FOR SALE OF POLICE GUN
DELMAR - Thelma Hastings, a town clerk here for 15 years, was suspended from
duty for six days following the disclosure that she accepted $10 from former
Police Chief Charles Cullen as payment for his service revolver.
The action was taken in behalf of the joint Maryland and Delaware town council
by Town Manager Robert Martin, who discovered a record of the payment entered
in the town's financial records.
The council in effect, reimbursed the clerk for four of the six suspension
days. the action will result in the docking of two days pay.
According to Mr. Martin, the matter of whether the outgoing police chief, who
retired in March, could purchase his service revolver, a standard practice for
state police, was discussed and vetoed by the council.
The transaction was then made, Mr Martin said, in April, following the
council's adverse decision. He said the gun has been recovered and the money
Mr. Cullen, explained he had made an informal request to purchase the gun, for
a token amount, as a memento last December from the council. He said that
apparently a motion was made sometime after that to reverse the decision, and
he was not aware of it until just last month.
He sympathized with Mrs. Hastings, saying he thought she had done nothing
wrong, and added, " I don't want the gun. I wouldn't want it if it was