Hobart police chief will request unpaid leave for officer accused of theft
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent February 5, 2013 12:54PM
Hobart police patrolman Kirk Homoky | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 7, 2013 6:35AM
HOBART — Acting Police Chief Vance Thompson said Tuesday he will go to the Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday to ask that Patrolman Kirk Homoky be placed on unpaid administrative leave, now that the officer has been charged with theft and fraud on a financial institution.
Thompson said that Homoky was placed on paid administrative leave Monday afternoon after the charges were filed in Lake County Superior Court.
Prior to that, Homoky had been assigned to desk duty, and had had his badge and weapon returned to him last week.
“I’ll be requesting he be put on unpaid leave, in according with Indiana law,” Thompson said. “It will be up to the Board of Works to decide.”
Dan Whitten, the Police Department’s attorney in the Homoky case, said he has not seen the probable cause affidavit and could not comment on the charges. However, he did say police officers usually are placed on administrative leave after being charged, pending the outcome of the case.
He said he expects to attend the Board of Works meeting as well.
Homoky, 37, was charged Monday in Lake Superior Court with two counts of fraud on a financial institution and one count of theft. He reportedly cashed $422.40 in checks he was given by mistake from a local business.
According to court documents, Homoky cashed seven checks totaling $492.80 from Stardust Bowl II, 3925 E. 81st Ave., Hobart, in 2010, although he worked security at the bowling alley just one night for 31/2 hours.
Stardust’s manager told police that Homoky would have been paid $70.40 gross for each night he worked. The manager told police when he realized he had made a mistake in issuing the checks, he tried to reach Homoky by phone, but his calls were not returned.
Homoky’s attorney, Christopher Cooper, said Homoky told him he had worked at Stardust Bowl for more than one year.
Homoky has filed a lawsuit against former Hobart Police Chief Jeff White and detectives Jeremy Ogden and Garrett Cisezweski, charging the officers with misusing their police authority for vindictive and personal reasons.