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“The evidence partially supports and partially refutes the Guild’s allegations.”

That sentence appears throughout the Rebecca Dean report on the allegations in the Bainbridge Island Police Guild’s vote of no confidence against Chief Jon Fehlman. It could serve as a summary of the report itself, which partially addresses the Guild’s allegations, and is partially inconclusive. It could also be a portrait of the Guild, which comes across as partially a group of dedicated officers and partially a band of immature tattletales.

The allegations in the Guild’s no confidence vote range from relatively minor judgment errors or misunderstandings on Fehlman’s part, to rehashing of previously resolved union complaints, to petty gossip and rumor, to at least one falsehood. For a summary, go here.

Now that Fehlman has resigned, issues about his performance are no longer relevant. But the rest of the department remains–and Bainbridge will be well served if the police management study proposed by Interim City Manager Morgan Smith looks at the BIPD’s organization and culture, the influence of the Guild, the quality of each member’s performance, and the attitude they have toward each other, their work and to the members of the community they serve.

As a glimpse into BIPD culture, one Guild allegation stands out for its dishonesty and recklessness: the claim that Fehlman falsely stated in deposition testimony that he gave an oral reprimand to Lieutenant Chris Jensen for providing faulty information about the Ostling shooting. The Guild wrote in its no confidence complaint: “The Chief’s statement under oath violates policy and state laws relating to perjury and false swearing.” [emphasis in the original]

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Two Bainbridge Island police lieutenants have been given oral reprimands after one was caught sleeping on the job and the other failed to report the incident to a supervisor.

Lt. Phil Hawkins was found to have fallen asleep for a “brief period of time” while on duty in January of 2012. According to a memorandum issued by Interim City Manager Morgan Smith, Hawkins was reported by another officer for sleeping and for failing to respond to an alarm call.

The unnamed reporting officer told Lt. Denise Giuntoli about Hawkins sleeping on duty and failure to respond to a call. Giuntoli did not report the incident through the appropriate chain of command, according Smith’s memo. Although Giuntoli didn’t make a report to a supervisor, she did talk about the incident to a staff member in late February. (more…)

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