LIHUE — A lawsuit between Kauai Police Department Assistant Chief Mark Begley and the County of Kauai is garnering another $100,000 in legal fees in a battle that’s been ongoing since 2012.
The County Council approved a request on Wednesday by the first deputy county attorney for authorization to expend the funds from the Claims and Judgments account.
The original 46-page complaint, filed by Begley, includes multiple federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints against KPD and Chief Darryl Perry. It also claims Perry, Roy Asher, Michael Contrades and several other assistant chiefs aided and abetted the situation.
Begley alleges he was a victim of retaliation after reporting a female officer’s complaint of sexual discrimination, when she requested a transfer to a higher-paying position a year earlier.
According to Kim Tamaoka, spokesperson for the County of Kauai, the case still hasn’t been settled.
Begley is currently employed at KPD.
Bethany Freudenthal, courts, crime and county reporter, can be reached at email@example.com or 652-7891.