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Kauai police chief returns to job

By Rosemarie Bernardo

LAST UPDATED: 06:42 p.m. HST, Mar 12, 2012

Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry is officially back in charge of the Police Department today.

Perry, Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. and police commission chairman held a joint news conference this morning to announce the chief’s return to duty.

Carvalho Jr. placed Perry on leave last month following an employee complaint of a hostile work environment at the Kauai Police Department. 

“Discussions among our adminstration, our legal team, the leadership of the police commission and the chief himself have helped us to arrive at this decision, where we are confident that the chief can provide the leadership for this organization while the investigation into an employee complaint is conducted with integrity to its conclusion,” said Carvalho in a news release.

Perry thanked the police commission and the public for their support and said he “looked forward to continued collaboration with the commission and the mayor.”

But Perry noted that it is important that the lines of authority be clarified for future police chiefs, commissioners and mayors.

Carvalho said he still “firmly” believes that he has the authority to put the chief on leave. 

“I also believe that through discussion with the commission we have reached a place of consensus on how the Department should be managed beginning today,” he said.

Perry, the Police Commission and Carvalho clashed over whether the mayor or the commission has the authority to put him on leave and reinstate him.

Perry tried to return to work last month, but the mayor barred him from entering his office.

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Changalang wrote:
Awesome ! Chief Perry is an essential part of public safety on Kauai and it is a relief to see the civil affairs of Kauai resume stability.
on March 12,2012 | 10:26AM
st1d wrote:
carvalho clearly overstepped his authority dealing with the chief of police. to prevent political corruption, the kaua'i city charter assigns the selection, oversight, and removal of the chief of police to the police commission. perry is correct when he says " that the lines of authority be clarified for future police chiefs, commissioners and mayors."
on March 12,2012 | 10:39AM
kainalu wrote:
The problem isn't the Chief. The problem is a toxic associate that requires everyone else within the department to walk on egg shells around her. Anyone that even remotely knows Chief Perry, knows that he's a man of character and intergrity.
on March 12,2012 | 10:43AM
false wrote:
Absolutely correct!
on March 12,2012 | 11:20AM
SharonOnKauai wrote:
That officer who started all this kukai is the one that should be on leave. She already sued KPD and won a $900k settlement. How do you think officers feel around her? Look wrong, say a wrong something or other and she sues you. She filed a complaint against an asst. Chief. Now she's suing because it didn't move fast enough to suit her? Perhaps the internal investigation didn't find substance in her complaint? Who knows. Lots of folks who do cannot say a word in public. In private the fire spreads everyday. As more folks hear the talk going around she is looking not so good in the public eye. I think she wants another million dollar settlement so she will leave and let things return to a more civil working atmosphere.
on March 12,2012 | 01:42PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
So, based on this article the police commission has authority and not the mayor. Is that correct?
on March 12,2012 | 11:33AM
Graham wrote:
on March 12,2012 | 01:09PM
cojef wrote:
The Mayor still thinks he has authority over and beyond the Police Commission in removing the Chief. This is not a good political policy in that there is too much power centralized in the Mayor's Office. The Police Department should be autonomous from any other office to maintain the public safety of the community. Only then can it operate free of political influences to conduct effective and independent investigations in what ever sphere necessary. Encumberences only impede the police in their investigative efforts.
on March 12,2012 | 01:59PM
SharonOnKauai wrote:
A very iffy maybe. Lawyers are lining up to work on just that issue. Chief or Mayor runs ALL County departments.
on March 12,2012 | 01:44PM
roadsterred wrote:
To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects. Margaret Thatcher Read more: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/m/margaretth153832.html#ixzz1oy9RgWUA
on March 12,2012 | 06:49PM
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