KENSINGTON (CBS SF) — The East Bay town of Kensington has decided not to keep its police chief after his handling of the probe of a sergeant who allegedly had his gun stolen by a prostitute at a Nevada hotel.
The governing board of Kensington held a closed-door meeting Monday night and voted to end contract negotiations with Chief Greg Harman.
Many residents had criticized Harman since news broke that a prostitute had stolen Sgt. Keith Barrow’s gun, badge, ammunition and handcuffs from a Reno hotel room in May as Barrow slept.
Barrow woke up to find his badge, two clips of ammunition, and his gun missing. Barrow was never cited, and returned to work. He wasn’t suspended until earlier this month.
The stolen gun was later recovered by Reno police after the prostitute’s pimp shot himself in the leg with that gun.
Barrow was not placed on administrative leave when the department found out about the incident or while it spent eight months investigating it. Barrow will serve a suspension but it’s unclear how long Barrow’s suspension will last.
Chief Harman is expected to stay on the job until the end of May.