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Dispute over Kauai police chief headed to court

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:03 p.m. HST, Mar 31, 2012


LIHUE >> The Kauai police commission plans to file a complaint in court to ask for judgment on who has the authority to supervise and discipline the police chief. 

The question stems from Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. placing Chief Darryl Perry on leave last month while the county investigated an employee complaint. Perry claimed only the police commission had the authority to do so, while the mayor insisted that authority belongs to him.

The mayor allowed Perry to return to the job earlier this month. 

Kauai County Council Chair Jay Furfaro said Friday the council approved a request from the police commission seeking up to $10,000 to retain special counsel to represent the commission in its complaint. 

He says a court judgment will provide clarity on the issue. 


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saywhatyouthink wrote:
The folks on Kauai can't even agree on who's got responsibility for Police. Isn't the Police commission appointed by the Mayor? A**backwards county as usual.
on March 31,2012 | 04:51PM
st1d wrote:
$10K from kauai citizens for the police commission to seek a decision from the court to define what is already clear in the kauai county charter: the power to appoint and remove a police chief belongs to the police commission. . . . and where will the money come from to fund the mayor's position? from kauai's citizens, again. . . . . even if carvalho's intentions were pure, it would be a dangerous step towards corruption to allow the position of police chief to be manipulated by any sitting mayor.
on March 31,2012 | 05:47PM
Ambergris23 wrote:
Ridiculous!!!! If they want to fight it out, they should use their own money. Voters should remember how foolishly their money is being spent....
on March 31,2012 | 06:01PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
Shouldn't the mayor be the one to challenge the law since he is the one misinterpreting to the charter?
on March 31,2012 | 09:10PM
cojef wrote:
You got a point. For transparency and political correctness sake, it's better that this issue which festered long enough be settled so there would no question in the future. The Police Department for the residents of Kauai has been a constant pain in the neck for many years and hopefully when the complainers retire, the problems will cease. From my prospective, and only from the news accounts over years I read, there are roughly 3 individuals within the department that is causing all of the problems. Good riddance when they leave or retire.
on April 1,2012 | 09:56AM
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