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Kauai County debate continues on mayor’s power over police chief

The Kauai County Charter Review Commission has yet to take action on the controversy over whether the mayor has the authority to suspend the police chief.

The Garden Island reports that Monday’s hearing focused on the mayor’s decision in February to put the police chief on leave while the county investigated an employee complaint.

Police Commissioner Charles Iona said the chief’s contract states he must report to the commission regarding administrative matters and must communicate with the mayor and County Council on issues involving safety or health.

First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jake Deleplane said the mayor overstepped his authority in removing Chief Darryl Perry. Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., who did not attend the meeting, maintains he has the authority to place Perry on leave.

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