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Southampton Town Police Lieutenant Put on Leave

James Kiernan was promoted in October, but now forced onto paid administrative leave.

Lt. James Kiernan has been put on administrative leave, Chief William Wilson confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

Wilson said he could not offer any details surrounding the reason for the leave because it is a personnel matter and town officials are prohibited from discussing personnel matters in public.

It is undetermined at this time how long the leave will last and whether further disciplinary action will be taken, Wilson said. He will discuss the matter in a closed-door executive session with the Town Board, he added.

“Administrative leave is a leave with pay pending the outcome of official proceedings,” Wilson said, explaining the distinction between leave and suspension, a more severe disciplinary action. “A suspension can only be done by ratification of the Town Board."

According to Town Board resolutions and minutes, Kiernan became a police officer in 1997 and was promoted to sergeant in 2005.

Wilson said that, based on Suffolk County Civil Service guidelines, he recommended last fall that Kiernan be promoted from sergeant to lieutenant. Kiernan, who formerly led the department’s street crime unit, was .

Kiernan — along with Kenneth Britt, Jane Harrigan and the Police Department itself — is the subject of a lawsuit from Stephen Vlahadamis of the Hampton Bays Diner and in Hampton Bays. According to a Town Board resolution appointing Devitt Spellman Barrett, LLP to defend the town in court, the lawsuit was served to the town clerk on Dec. 8, 2011.

SHARON ROBERTS May 13, 2012 at 04:57 AM
james keirnan made deals with me and then took them back when he got what he wanted this is from the ex/officer Guy Giammettaeo incidents will be happy to discuss it further James Keirnan is not worthy to be POLICE OFFICER, he is more corrupt than the criminals
People Person May 13, 2012 at 03:30 PM
The DA, Supv Throne-Holst and Chief Wilson must read this. Sounds like insurance fraud. What's the matter? $150,000/year salary not enough??? Or is this part of a larger crime issue???
Nancy Evans Figat May 13, 2012 at 07:02 PM
D.A. is just another member of this Mob. Heis the Gatewatcher. He makes sure that police misconduct is covered up. Which is why his cohort is in the acting role of police commisioner now.
Nancy Evans Figat May 13, 2012 at 07:17 PM
My kids have been victimized by insurance fraud for years. I did not know the accidents were being staged by my ex. & police. Until it happened to me in Riverhead on June 11th.2010. When Irecieved from ALLSTATE. In my mail. Two letters from two different ALLSTATE addresses. One envelope said # 1. the other # 2. Later I received a letter from General Causualty concerning my loss. I never had an accident before but knew this did not look quite right. Upon examining my estimate for repair.I found 3 claim #s. Lastly I found 2 variations of the llocation of the accident. Main St. E. main and rt.25 Rvhd. The handwriting on police looked like that of my ex. who is not a Cop. Officer in Riverhead was Breitenbach. Valentines Day 2011. My son Brian has the same thing happen. In Hampton Bays. Officr name KIERNAN. Same exact writing exact same letter ormation in our same last name etc. Both accident reports. Different police depts./officers. Scent of a Rat in the offing.
Kathy Pisaneschi May 30, 2012 at 12:41 AM
FINALLY !!!! Mr. Kiernan being investigated will prove to all that the Vlahadamis Family who own Hampton Bays Diner, and Dream Nightclub were victimized and harassed by this police officer.

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