Former longtime Moose Jaw police constable Alan Murdock has secured another adjournment of the disciplinary appeal hearing for his dismissal from the service over several misconduct allegations.
The police service fired the 30-year member in June 2019.
On Aug. 26 the former cop argued in front of hearing officer Jay Watson he needed more time to find a lawyer. Watson obliged and gave Murdock a week, pushing the hearing’s start date to Tuesday, Sept. 8.
On Friday, through his new legal counsel, Paul Wood, Murdock sought and was granted another adjournment for the hearing, which has been pushed back to Oct. 6.
“This is one that will require some relatively substantial preparations. This matter is scheduled for two weeks in length. Both the original dismissal notice and the grounds for appeal are lengthy,” Wood said, adding he wants adequate time to prepare a fair defence of Murdock.
Wood also told Watson on Friday morning, “I was retained about 24 hours ago.”
Representing the Moose Jaw Police Service, in-house lawyer Destiny Gibney said Wood’s “predicament” is “the doing of his client.”
She said Murdock is engaging in “purposeful delay,” calling it “an abuse of process.”
Evan Radford, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Regina Leader-Post, The Leader-Post