LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i Police Chief Darryl Perry said he will attend the Kaua‘i Police Commission meeting this morning as it is a requirement of the chief of police.
Perry never missed a monthly commission meeting, usually held the fourth Friday of each month. He attended the Jan. 27 meeting days prior to being suspended or put on leave by Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr.
On Wednesday afternoon Perry was working in his office for the first time since Feb. 1. The commission voted unanimously on Feb. 17 to return the chief to work. Wearing an aloha shirt, Perry said an officer refused a direct order to let him sign out his gun and badge, which regulations state must be worn with the uniform.
Perry said the mayor is blocking the order of the police commission and maintains that day-to-day operations remain under the supervision of Acting Chief Michael Contrades and Acting Deputy Chief Mark Begley.
The mayor’s statement Wednesday stated that he considers the police chief still on leave under his authority. Assistant Police Chiefs Roy Asher and Assistant Chief Ale Quibilan remain on leave pending investigation of an internal complaint.
The commission is scheduled to meet in open session and in executive session beginning at 9 a.m. The police chief is expected to provide a monthly report, present the officer of the month award, and answer questions posed by commissioners.
Carvalho will likely not attend the commission meeting. According to a county spokesperson, the mayor is attending a media event in Los Angeles Thursday evening.
The event is coordinated by Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau and relates to Kaua‘i’s role in the making of the feature film The Descendants. The film is nominated for an Academy Award and ceremonies will be held Sunday.