P.G. police cmdr. on paid leave 10
- Carmel IT manager and assistant also drawing paychecks but not working
By MARY SCHLEY
Published: October 25, 2013
REMOVED FROM his job — but not from the
payroll — in January, Pacific Grove Police Cmdr. John Nyunt has
been receiving paychecks since he was placed on leave the day
his wife, Kristin Nyunt, was arraigned on charges of identity
theft, burglary and fraud.
Meanwhile, in Carmel, IT manager Steve McInchak and his assistant, automated systems technician Rose Franzen, also remain on paid administrative leave since being ordered out of their city office this spring. It’s unknown why Franzen was taken out of work, but police are investigating McInchak for alleged computer hacking and served a search warrant at his Carmel Valley home in early June.
So far, no police reports have been submitted to the district
attorney’s office seeking charges against either Nyunt or
McInchak, according to Monterey County Chief Assistant District
Attorney Terry Spitz. A call to Seaside/Pacific Grove Police
Chief Vicki Myers seeking an update on Nyunt’s leave and any
potential criminal charges was not returned.
The case against Kristin Nyunt, meanwhile, has yet to make it
to the preliminary hearing stage, when a judge will hear the
arguments for charging her and determine whether sufficient
evidence exists for the case against her to proceed. That
hearing has been scheduled and rescheduled repeatedly since her
arrest in January, with the next tentative date set for Nov. 21
before Monterey County Superior Court Judge Julie Culver.
At the time of her arrest, John Nyunt was placed on leave by
the City of Pacific Grove. While Spitz would not comment on his
status at this point, he told The Pine Cone earlier this year
that search warrants were served at the Capitola home where
Kristin and John Nyunt were living, as well as at Nyunt’s office
at PGPD, in January.
The details of those warrants, including what information and
evidence DA investigators sought in the searches, were not
available, as the district attorney’s office requested the court
seal the documents. The district attorney’s office took over the
investigation at the request of former PGPD Chief Darius Engles
before he retired in summer 2012, and the materials reportedly
included email and other documents connected with Kristin Nyunt
and her alleged felonious activities.
According to Tony McFarlane, administrative services manager
for the City of Pacific Grove, John Nyunt has received
salary of $98,000 and benefits valued at $34,527, for a
total of $132,527, since he was placed on leave on Jan. 22.
Carmel numbers withheld
The City of Carmel would not provide compensation information
for Franzen and McInchak, nor would officials acknowledge the
request for those numbers. According to salary information for
calendar year 2012, McInchak received $96,554.16 in pay and
$12,399.24 in medical coverage, in addition to retirement
contributions of $19,706.72. In total, he received $136,011.56.
Extrapolating from that figure, McInchak has received roughly
$56,671 in pay and benefits since being placed on leave since
early June, when police officers, Carmel Police Chief Mike
Calhoun, administrative services director Susan Paul and others
served a search warrant at his home in Carmel Valley,
confiscating computer equipment and other devices to undergo a
forensic examination by consultant Mark Alcock.
Also placed on leave around the same time, Franzen was paid
$79,560 in salary in 2012, as well as $5,952 in medical benefits
and $15,715.11 in retirement contributions, for a total of
$101,527.11. Using that figure, she has received about $42,303
since being placed on paid leave.