Former Phila. detective is reinstated

Posted: April 06, 2013

Former Philadelphia homicide detective Kenneth Rossiter, who was fired last year for alleged overtime abuse, has been reinstated by an arbirator.

"He was awarded his job back" Wednesday, John McNesby, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, said Thursday. He had vowed to fight for Rossiter's return.

Rossiter, who joined the force in 1980, was fired by Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey in June for allegedly reporting to court for overtime duty, then going home and later reporting back to check out.

"The arbitrator has made a final decision concerning this and I am forced to uphold that decision," Ramsey said.

City records showed that Rossiter had in recent years collected more than $90,000 annually in overtime on top of his salary of about $69,000.

Rossiter has worked on high-profile murder cases, including the investigation of accused drug kingpin Kaboni Savage.

Rossiter told the Daily News last year that he had done nothing wrong.


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