Things just keep getting more and more squirrely in the saga of the Round Building vs the Cop Shop, which I wrote about earlier this morning.
Even though the Police Commission met and determined that it wants Chief Darryl Perry to come back, and the chief was planning to return to work today, Mayor Bernard Carvalho is saying no. In fact, he issued orders that Perry should not be allowed to enter his office, and the County Attorney even seized his computer. Good grief.
It was really kind of sickening to watch the video clip of Perry standing outside his office while the games continue. Carvalho isn't even on-island, so Perry is supposed to check in with Gary Heu instead. Right.
According to a statement that Carvalho released this morning:
“The Chief will remain on leave until we have discussed and agreed upon terms of his return.”
Do take a gander at the mayor's spin, I mean statement, which validates my earlier reporting that Perry wanted to be placed on leave from the get-go, but Carvalho said no, then changed his mind a couple of days later.
It also includes an email that Perry wrote to Police Commissioners after Deputy County Attorney Justin Kollar advised him that he could not put himself on leave. In it, Perry states that he had been “placed on notice by the Mayor for my involvement relating to the most recent complaint against AC [Assistant Chief Ale] Quibilan,” — whatever “placed on notice” means — and asks commissioners to “contact the Mayor’s Office as soon as is practical to have my [leave] request approved without delay.”
Interestingly, Carvalho totally sidestepped Perry's claim that the mayor had suspended him for insubordination and dereliction of duty. We do learn that Perry has an attorney, who reportedly advised him not to meet with the mayor, who is intent on reaching “a shared understanding of the terms under which the Chief could return to work while the complaint is being investigated.”
Now the mayor is miffed that “the Chief refused to meet and chose instead to communicate through the media.”
As opposed, of course, to letting the mayor do all the public talking.
To quote one observer, “It's a pissing match.” And to quote another, “What a mess.”