Gabe Faimon | Reporter
BURLINGAME—A Burlingame police officer suspended for more
than three weeks was reinstated by the Burlingame City Council
The council meeting room had standing room only during the first
hour of the July 18 council meeting. To provide an opportunity
for members of the audience to address the council, Burlingame
Mayor Ray Hovestadt reminded speakers to limit comments to three
The council convened one executive session during the meeting
to protect privacy of personnel. Upon return to open session,
the council adopted a motion by Burlingame City Council Member
James Nelson to reinstate officer Edward Dudley immediately. No
reason was given publicly for Dudley’s suspension.
Dudley had been the second Burlingame officer suspended in about
a month’s time. The council suspended officer Anthony Richman
without pay during a May 20 special meeting. The next day, Richman
was arrested on numerous charges of theft, some of which alleged
he obtained gasoline from the Burlingame Coop using a city-owned
A credit card audit later submitted to the council by auditor
Stephen Connelly indicated Dudley said he had also used the card
on one occasion. Dudley has since told The Herald-Chronicle he
used the credit card once when he was unable to obtain gas at
local convenience store because it was closed, and he needed gasoline
to get home. Dudley told the newspaper the purchase was authorized
by Burlingame Police Chief Jon Shaffer, and he placed cash and
the gas receipt on Shaffer’s desk that night.
During Monday’s meeting, former mayor Brenda Dorr questioned
if Dudley was to receive back pay for the 26-day suspension. Nelson,
who had made the motion to suspend Dudley on June 22, replied
that he would not.
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