Questions remain on status of disciplined Hobart police officer

2013-01-23T18:30:00Z 2013-01-25T13:56:05Z Questions remain on status of disciplined Hobart police officerDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Disciplined Hobart police Officer Kirk Homoky remained on desk duty and not on patrol Wednesday, interim Police Chief Vance Thompson said.

That status is subject to change depending on the outcome of a meeting Thompson plans to hold later this week with attorney Dan Whitten.

Discussion at that meeting will include Homoky's return to patrol duties and the status of an internal police investigation involving him, Thompson said.

Thompson said he believes that investigation is completed.

"I'm hoping to see where it's at," Thompson said.

Neither Whitten nor Homoky's attorney, Christopher Cooper, could be reached for comment.

Former Police Chief Jeff White attempted to have Homoky fired for insubordination. Those particular charges are not being discussed publicly.

Homoky's sister, Megan German, and his father, Ronald Homoky, came to last week's Board of Public Works meeting asking questions about the status of the case.

"Are we not worried about public safety when you have someone sitting behind a desk rather than on the street?" Homoky's father asked the board.

City officials, Mayor Brian Snedecor and City Attorney Anthony DeBonis declined to provide answers citing an ongoing internal investigation and a tort claim filed against the city.

Homoky had been suspended and relieved of his duties Nov. 19 under White, who resigned as department head Jan. 15.

Homoky was returned to duty Dec. 7 after the Board of Public Works on Dec. 5 agreed to dismiss an insubordination charge against him.

White, at the Dec. 5 meeting, said he wanted to drop the insubordination charge and concentrate on the internal investigation.

City officials have declined to comment on the nature of the internal investigation, but have confirmed it does not involve a criminal matter.

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