One of the best-known faces of the West Palm Beach Police department is set to be fired in connection with a slew of incidents. Among them, he allowed five on-duty officers to attend a party at his house, and let an injured officer work out with him.
Capt. Randy Maale, whose job included safety at the downtown nightlife district, is expected to fight for his job at a last-chance meeting before city officials next week. But don’t bet on him still being in blue by the time Kings Day rolls around: The interim chief has requested that he be fired!
“I don’t think he can come up with an argument that’ll be good enough,” said one police source who asked to remain anonymous. “The case against him is so strong that the state attorney’s office is considering criminal charges.”
I’m told those charges could include theft of services for letting on-duty cops into his party. State Attorney spokeswoman Sarah Alasofrom had no comment. A police source, however, said Maale would not be prosecuted if he is fired.
Maale was on the department’s command staff. Two other captains share the position of chief.
Gossip Extra and Seaview Radio’s The Beat broke the story of Maale’s week-long suspension last month. That suspension came after the very married 42-year-old Maale, nicknamed “Randy Randy” by fellow cops, caused dissension among his troops by treating a young female officer, P.O. Cathy Cognetti, differently. Internal Affairs investigated rumors that Maale and Cognetti were having an affair. They denied having a sexual relationship but acknowledged a “personal” one.
After the story appeared Nov. 16, I.A. detective received an anonymous complaint that Maale had been working out in a gym at police headquarters with Cognetti — despited the fact that Cognetti was on “light duty” after suffering an on-patrol injury.
Maale should not have allowed her to work out until after she was cleared by doctors. What’s more, police officials found out Maale skipped the funeral of a fellow captain to attend one of those workouts.
A third investigation, meanwhile, showed that Maale allowed five on-duty cops into a Memorial Day barbecue at his house in 2010, and allegedly lied about it. Not only were the five on-the-clock, but they were way out of their jurisdiction. According to records, Maale and his wife own a $500,000-house in Palm Beach Gardens.
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