SUSPENSION Hubbard police chief will appeal
The police chief admits he called the safety director 'pathetic.'
By TIM YOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
HUBBARD -- City Police Chief Marty Kanetsky will appeal the three-day suspension handed him by Mayor Arthur U. Magee.
The suspension without pay, Magee said, surrounds insubordination by Kanetsky toward Safety Director William Jugenheimer.
Kanetsky received the "confidential" letter Friday from Magee informing him of the action.
The suspension, Magee said, ran from Monday through Wednesday. Detective Robert Altier served as interim chief.
Kanetsky, who has civil-service status, said he will appeal the suspension to the city's civil service, expressing confidence the mayor's action will be overturned.
The suspension, the mayor said, stemmed from a "shouting match" Kanetsky had about three weeks ago with the 75-year-old Jugenheimer.
Magee said that Jugenheimer had commented to Law Director Gary Gilmartin that Kanetsky wasn't doing his job. The chief overheard the comment.
Kanetsky, the mayor said, called Jugenheimer "pathetic."
"I'm really upset about this whole mess," Magee said.
Kanetsky admitted he made the comment, but only after Jugenheimer and Magee wouldn't meet with him to define his duties.
The mayor said Kanetsky has had a "negative attitude" toward his administration, and the chief thinks he's not on call for duty around the clock like other department heads are.
Jugenheimer "goes overboard" to be fair, the mayor said. "He [Kanetsky] is not going to listen," he added.
How it came about
Magee said the problem began when Kanetsky was being paid $20 hourly by contractors working on the downtown sidewalk and resurfacing projects.
Magee said he and Jugenheimer questioned the practice because Kanetsky is a supervisor working for the city and is always on duty.
Kanetsky countered that Magee and Jugenheimer at first allowed him to work the side job for the contractors. He added, however, that the two "then saw a problem with it."
The chief asserted that he should be able to work extra jobs because it doesn't matter when he performs his administrative duties as chief.
"I wanted to make extra money for my family," Kanetsky said, adding that he has the freedom to work side jobs.
Kanetsky was a veteran police sergeant until he was named chief March 15, 2003, by then-Mayor George Praznik.
He received a pay increase from $39,158 to $49,500 a year after threatening to resign.
At the time, Kanetsky said he couldn't live on $39,000 annually and there had been no complaints about him or his department.
He argued at the time that he would be paid $55,000 yearly if he remained a sergeant.