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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/07/2015

'You're under... appeal'

WATERLOO, ONT. — A former police officer caused a stir recently when he shared details of his three-year suspension, for which he was paid almost $350,000, according to the Hamilton Spectator. Sent to a police services solicitor — and subsequently made public — Craig Markham’s email thanked the force for his continued salary while he played golf, travelled and trained to become a firefighter. “I am very thankful and fortunate to have received such a nice gift… You have opened up other doors for me and have paid me to sit back and watch. What a dream come true.” Markham said he sent the message to try and make the best of a bad situation: “My intention was never to mock the system.” The officer was originally criminally charged with breach of trust and given a conditional discharge in October 2012 after pleading guilty. He was also fired but appealed the decision and received a salary during the appeal process. When the appeal was dismissed, Markham was ordered to resign and he quit in February.