Two years ago Deputy Chief Jimmy Honis was placed on administrative leave with pay pending a federal investigation into the death of a prostitute 35 years ago. Police officers under investigation are placed on administrative leave with pay as required by the Police Union contract. No formal charges have been brought against Honis in connection with his department leave. Police Chief Joe Gaudett has ordered Honis back to work starting Monday. Honis’ leave, including pay and benefits, has cost city taxpayers roughly $250,000.
Friday afternoon Bridgeport Police spokesman Bill Kaempffer issued this statement:
“Based on the circumstances, we thought it appropriate to put him on administrative leave. He’s been restored to full duty. We have no comment with regard to any investigation.”
In May of 2011 Police Chief Joe Gaudett released this statement.
Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. announced today that Bridgeport Police Deputy Chief James Honis has been placed on administrative leave with pay, effective immediately, while an investigation is conducted into an allegation of a serious criminal nature made against him.
“In order to protect the integrity of the investigation, and the Department, it is necessary to place Deputy Chief Honis on administrative leave,” said Gaudett.
Police officers under investigation are placed on administrative leave with pay as required by the Police Union contract.
In his absence, Deputy Chief Adam Radzimirski, who is in charge of Investigative Services, also will assume responsibilities for Uniformed Services.
There will be no further comment on the pending investigation.
As policy the feds generally don’t announce when they’ve stopped looking at someone, but Honis’ return suggests that local officials think the case isn’t solid enough to continue to keep him off the job.
Two years ago Chief Gaudett thought it appropriate to place his name on a statement involving Honis’ administrative leave. Two years ago news cameras all across the state were alerted to Honis’ departure when he was ordered out of the cop house. Honis’ return to the police department on Monday, dare say, will likely be much quieter than his exit two years ago. One way or another we’ve not heard the last of this case.