Vote Expected Tuesday Night on Kiernan Suspension

Lt. James Kiernan was suspended over the summer; town board members are expected to vote on an agreement that would reportedly end disciplinary hearings.

After suspending a Southampton Town Police Department lieutenant in June without pay, Southampton Town Board members are expected to vote on an agreement which would end ongoing disciplinary hearings, according to a report on 27east.com.

After he was put on paid administrative leave in April, Lt. James Kiernan was later suspended. Kiernan, the former head of the town's undercover street crimes unit, has been using built up vacation time in the meantime.

Prior to Kiernan's suspension, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota seized boxes of documents from Town Hall in Southampton Village that had been transferred one year ago from police headquarters in Hampton Bays.

Upon inspection of the materials, sentences were vacated for two individuals serving jail time at Suffolk County Jail in Riverside. One of them has filed a $50 million civil suit seeking damages.

According to 27east, details of the agreement between the town and Kiernan's lawyer, who represents the Southampton Town Police Department’s Superior Officer’s Association, remained unclear. However, Supervisor Anna Throne Holst has reportedly expressed support for the agreement.

Town board members met at 4 p.m. for executive session to discuss personnel matters.

Click here to read the story on 27East.com.


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