Southampton Town Police Lieutenant Pu...

Southampton Town Police Lieutenant Put on Leave

There are 5 comments on the story from May 2, 2012, titled Southampton Town Police Lieutenant Put on Leave. In it, reports that:

Southampton Town Police Lt. James Kiernan has been put on administrative leave, Chief William Wilson confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

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#1 May 7, 2012
This is the officer that assisted my former husband Mike Figat (the older) in staging a car accident on 02/14/2011. Hampton Bays for insurance fraud purposes. Happened only 5 days after son bot GEICO policy.
Coming soon

Islip, NY

#2 May 9, 2012
DA subpoenas Southampton Town police files

Originally published: May 9, 2012 11:03 AM
Updated: May 9, 2012 8:34 PM
investigators for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota

Photo credit: Gordon M. Grant | investigators for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota descended on Southampton Town Hall, seizing boxes of personnel files related to the Southampton Town police.(May 9, 2012)

Investigators from the Suffolk County district attorney's office served a subpoena on Southampton's town clerk yesterday morning, seizing several boxes related to the Southampton Town police department.

Eight men and women wearing blue Suffolk County DA jackets walked out with seven cardboard boxes after waiting about an hour until the records were retrieved from a vault inside the town clerk's office.

"Detectives assigned to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Government Corruption Bureau served a subpoena this morning on the Southampton Town clerk's office as part of an active investigation of the custodianship and status of police department records stored there," DA spokesman Robert Clifford said in a statement. "The Town Supervisor and the Town Attorney have been cooperative and accommodating during this ongoing investigation."

It was not immediately clear what information investigators were seeking in the seizure.

In a special and quickly called town board meeting Friday, the board suspended Southampton Town Police Lt. James Kiernan for 38 days in connection with an unspecified personnel matter.

Rapid action was taken on the suspension because of information supplied by Police Chief William Wilson Jr. that led board members to believe that "public safety and integrity of town business" were compromised, said Anna Throne-Holst, Southampton supervisor.

It is not clear if or how Kiernan's suspension is connected to the district attorney's investigation.

Throne-Holst said Wednesday that she has never seen the records, but that they appear to be both personnel and internal investigation files that were originally housed at the police department.

"I ordered them moved [last May] from the police department after we received calls in our office from some employees there that some uncouth activity was going on," Throne-Holst said.

The boxes were originally in the office of town administrator Russell Kratoville, but they were later moved to the vault for safekeeping, Throne-Holst added.

Wilson, who resigned as Southampton Village chief to become the town police chief last May, said there were allegations that records were tampered with before he began his new job. He said he asked for the boxes to be moved back to the police department about a week ago, as he was investigating an internal matter. Now that the district attorney has the records, "we'll see where it goes," Wilson said.

As a union member, Kiernan is entitled to a hearing on any charges he may be brought up on.

"Lt. Kiernan has an unblemished record, and we are confident when we go to hearing that he will be completely exonerated," said attorney Ray Perini, who represents the Superior Officers Association, of which Kiernan is a member.

Bay Shore, NY

#3 Jul 18, 2012
The chief comes from a back ground that is very questionable considering he as a lieutenant had been suspended for unethical behavior. I am curious to see the origins of the allegations considering the politics that are involve in these small town police departments

Manorville, NY

#4 Sep 10, 2012
Some things do not make any sense in regard to Spotas so called investigations.
I wonder how George Guldi could have applied for a mortgage modification filed on DAEC.31,2009. 1.9 million. When he was in jail on mortgage fraid at that time.
Judge Judy says if it doesn't make sense it's a lie.
Are these publicized busts just to make it appear that Dist. attorney Tom Spota is doing his job?
tom deely u

United States

#5 Dec 20, 2012
cmon spota drop this dirfy cop in a hole.u have to set an exampleand a new precedent for 2013 .i sure know what(machine gun).kelly would do. look tom stop behaving like an incompetent flat foot get ur head out of ur ass and pull the trigger on that bad, bad man. trd @$$$i.r.a....1313

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