Two years ago Deputy Chief Jimmy Honis, a member of the police department for more than 40 years, was placed on administrative leave with pay pending a criminal investigation of a cold case involving the death of a prostitute decades ago. Now $250,000 later–the amount the city has paid out in salary and benefits without the benefit of Honis working–the deputy chief’s return to work is “imminent” according to Police Chief Joe Gaudett.
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. Gaudett told OIB Monday night he expects to contact Honis within the next day to direct him back to work.
The financial impact of Honis’ departure for two years is much higher than what he was paid directly during his leave. Deputy Chief Adam Radzimirski, who is in charge of Investigative Services, assumed responsibilities for Uniformed Services in Honis’ absence overseeing patrol. Radzimirski was paid $155,155 in 2012, according to the list of top municipal wage earners. The base pay for a deputy chief is $108,000.
As news has spread about Honis’ return to work, a number of city police officers have declared him “Teflon Hon.” Nothing has stuck yet.
Honis, an accomplished undercover cop who through the decades grew through the civil services ranks to become deputy chief, has been the subject of a federal law enforcement investigation reviewing a cold case involving the disappearance of a prostitute that goes back some 35 years.
If the feds or local police think this case is going anywhere they’re not saying, but the fact Honis is expected to report to work shortly would indicate they think the case may not have legs. Honis has not been charged with any crime. Defense attorney John Gulash represents Honis on the federal review. Honis is also represented by a union lawyer regarding his administrative leave. It is likely the Bridgeport Police Union that represents Honis will file a grievance on Honis’ behalf seeking losses from the past two years involving vacation, holiday, personal days and overtime.
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.