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Southampton Town Police Lt. Kiernan Suspended

Town Board votes on police chief's recommendation following an undisclosed personnel matter.

In a 4-0 vote, the Southampton Town Board on Friday suspended Lt. James Kiernan for 38 days without pay for a personnel mater that the town will not disclose.

The suspension is through June 12, the date of the board's first public meeting in June, when, according to Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, the suspension may expire or some sort of permanent action will be taken.

The resolution suspending Kiernan states that he will have the opportunity to use accumulated personal, vacation and compensatory leave time to stay on the payroll during his suspension.

She said the next step, in the customary process, is for the discipline to enter hearing and arbitration.

The vote was held during a special Town Board meeting late Friday afternoon that was announced via email 15 minutes before it was to begin. Councilman Chris Nuzzi was absent during the vote.

The board met earlier in the day in a closed-door session with Police Chief William Wilson, who recommended that disciplinary action be taken.

Wilson had in April.

Town Board members said they could not discuss the reasons for the suspension in public, because it is a personnel matter.

According to Town Board resolutions and minutes, Kiernan became a police officer in 1997 and was promoted to sergeant in 2005. He was at a Town Board meeting on Oct. 11, 2011.

MaryEllen Kearns-Lehman May 05, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Jimmy- thinking of you and hoping all goes well <3 Believe.
Rich May 05, 2012 at 05:01 PM
i am glad that they are putting the police into check. The street crime unit was not exactly a business friendly unit and on occasion lied
highhatsize May 07, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Here's hoping that this incident is the beginning of the revelation of the true state of being of the STPD. Since the PBA runs the Town Board, the only way that p.d. misdeeds will be revealed to the public is if the officers themselves accuse each other and a prosecuting attorney other than one under the control of the Board is compelled to take notice.
Nancy Evans Figat May 07, 2012 at 05:05 PM
ALL SUFFOLK POLICE.
Nancy Evans Figat May 09, 2012 at 02:43 AM
My son Brian got nothing from GEICO. Dad steals from kids. Is deeply involvdwit suffolk government financial fraud. Please help me to get tis public. My entire family is being denied rights and harassed by Suffolk under Figat's direction. Oldest son gets falsely arrested ,I get followed and harassed by cops. Yongest son Brandon abducted by SCPD feb.12.12. Forced to go live with deviant Dad. To cover up dead bea Dads FED. TAX FRAUD. Documents available. Please help my family get away from these crooked cops etc.
Voice May 26, 2012 at 04:57 PM
wow...been out of this loop...but read article etc...only comment...there are definetly cops that DO NOT AND NEVER should have been cops. Not all but most get in by the "good ole boy" application and get in with a big HEAD and a loaded gun...
Nancy Evans Figat January 25, 2013 at 09:21 PM
When one chooses a behavior. They choose the consequences. Unless they are a Psychpath who feel the rules don't apply to them. Keirnan should have been fired for violating the public integrity and insurance fraud GEICO.
Nancy Evans Figat January 25, 2013 at 09:27 PM
The father of the above suffers from severe OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER. Which is treatable. Using such a disorder to harm his family and rob the public including corrupting government employees is unconscienable behavior and it has to stop. I find it repulsive. My son lost his car that he bought from his Dad who had worked at a Ford Dealership. Probably fraud on the loan. Son was subjected to an auto accident that was preplanned on Valentines Day. By his own Creep of a Father. If he is upset about the truth well it is about time. If he wants a job.He will use his position for fraud. As he has been using his wife his kids and her family for decades. TIME TO BRING THIS TO A SCREAMING HALT.
joni January 26, 2013 at 01:19 PM
My heart aches for you young man. Stay strong.

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