D.C. police Lt. Douglas L. Cissel, clerk for the police department's property office that handled the disposal of more than $1 million in confiscated merchandise in 1979, has been ordered to appear before a police trial board on written charges that he used his position for personal advantage.
Cissel, a 19-year veteran, is charged with violating a police order that states "Members shall . . .. recognize the limitations of their authority and at no time use the power of their office for their own personal advantage," according to notice of charges.
Specifically, Cissel is charged with failing to pay $327 to the District government after he bought an impounded 1975 Volkswagen from its owner. The $327 was due for outstanding parking violations, towing and storage fees, the notice says.
Cissel is also charged with violating an order that prohibits "employment for any business or in any capacity over which the metropolitan police department exercises a special supervisory, regulatory or enforcement function."
On several occasions in 1979, Cissel while overseeing a contract between the police department and Arcade Auction Inc. of 733 15th St. NW., worked as an auctioneer for the firm's owner, Irving Kamins, it was charged.
Cissel also is charged with violating an order that prohibits police officers "from accepting personal or business favors as social courtesies, loans, discounts, services or other considerations of monetary value which might influence or be reasonably suspected of influencing their decisions as representatives of the District government."
In 1979, Cissel and his wife, Jacqueline, worked periodically for Arcade Auction, "thereby creating a conflict of interest," according to the notice of the written charges.
Cissel, who has been transferred to the police and fire clinic, could not be reached for comment.
The police department and the U.S. Attorney's office began an investigation last fall of the property office after reports of apparent irregularities in the handling of the sale of the property.
Inspector Horatio Wilson, head of the department's internal affairs office, said the U.S. Attorney's office decided not to bring criminal charges against Cissel.