LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The Kauai County Council has decided to spend up to $15,000 in taxpayer money on special counsel to represent the police commission should a legal battle against the mayor go to the Hawaii Supreme Court.
The Garden Island reports the decision Wednesday comes after an appeals court determined in June that Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. didn't have the authority to discipline police Chief Darryl Perry in 2012. The court ruled that the power lies with the police commission.
Carvalho had suspended Perry for seven days based on an investigation into a personnel dispute.
He can still appeal to the state high court.
In approving the funds for the police commission, the council shot down a proposal to expend up to $30,000 for special counsel for the mayor.