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Suit seeks to define power of mayor over police chief

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:45 p.m. HST, Jul 04, 2012

Associated Press

The Kauai County Police Commission will leave it to the court to define the mayor's powers to suspend or discipline the police chief.

The question stems from Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. placing Chief Darryl Perry on leave earlier this year while the county investigated an employee complaint. Perry claimed only the police commission had such authority over him, while the mayor insisted that authority belongs to him.

The mayor later allowed Perry to return to his job.

The Garden Island newspaper reported Tuesday the commission's lawsuit seeks a ruling that the commission has sole authority to suspend or discipline the chief.

County spokeswoman Beth Tokioka said the mayor still believes he has legal authority over commission-appointed department heads. But she said Carvalho welcomes judicial review of the issue.

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false wrote:
An employee complaint?
on July 4,2012 | 05:01AM
kainalu wrote:
Stems from another KPD associate, who had previously won a healthy lawsuit against the City and County, and who everyone else walks on egg shells around, that filed yet another lawsuit against high-ranking KPD officials, including the Chief. The Mayor felt he had the right and the duty to remove those officers during litigation. The Kauai Police Commission disagrees. That's where we are until such time the courts settle it. I'm not sure where the initial lawsuit filed against those KPD officials stands.
on July 4,2012 | 07:16PM
WesleySMori wrote:
"WHO DA BOSS"??????
on July 4,2012 | 04:49PM
false wrote:
False 2: If this is not being done in the back room of the Mayor's Office, this will be a good thing. The Mayor will be very disappointed when he is unable to control KPD operations.
on July 4,2012 | 05:01PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
The mayor appoints the police commission, that's the control.
on July 4,2012 | 09:56PM
kainalu wrote:
This is what should be done. Its in the courts. Let the courts make that determination.
on July 4,2012 | 07:11PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Either way, the chief should be looking for another job. Isn't too smart to question the Mayor if you're a county employee, at best your job will become difficult.
on July 4,2012 | 09:54PM
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