A Southold police officer, who the city sought to fireside over a “neglect of responsibility,” will stay on the job on a probationary foundation, in response to a replica of a settlement settlement obtained by The Suffolk Instances.
Officer Richard Jernick III, who was suspended with out pay via City Board decision in December, confronted potential termination of his employment for alleged “varied acts of neglect of responsibility or dereliction within the efficiency of official responsibility, acts of disobedience or acts of delinquency” that will have “significantly” affected Officer Jernick’s normal character and health for the job, the settlement settlement states. The doc says the alleged indiscretions occurred in October 2020, although the model launched underneath Freedom of Data legal guidelines Friday consists of parts which were closely redacted by the city legal professional’s workplace and raises no particular allegations in regard to the officer’s conduct.
Officer Jernick admitted to the allegations as a part of the settlement signed Jan. 5 and has been returned to the power as a member of the ‘reduction squad’ required to work 260 days per calendar 12 months via 2025, in response to the settlement. The reduction squad usually rotates via the division to alleviate officers who’re out, present process coaching or injured, and don’t have a particularly assigned schedule or sector.
As a penalty, Officer Jernick was required to forfeit 30 sick go away accruals, which might not be reaccumulated for fee functions and he has been positioned on a departmental probation till Dec. 31, 2025.
Underneath the phrases of the settlement, Officer Jernick additionally agreed to waive his proper to be thought-about for any promotions for the following 5 years and a letter of reprimand can be completely positioned in his personnel file. He may also be topic to retraining on the discretion of police chief Martin Flatley and likewise agreed to not deliver a lawsuit towards the city, police division and different associated entities.
A number of different stipulations included within the settlement have been redacted, with the city legal professional’s workplace citing part 89-2 of the Public Officers Regulation, which protects the privateness of a public worker.
In December, the City Board convened for a particular assembly, the place members voted unanimously to droop Officer Jernick with out pay, pending the outcomes of an investigation that stalled following the settlement settlement the board accredited Jan. 19.