As pressure for a resolution mounted, Mayor Richard Riordan and Police Chief Willie L. Williams met privately Wednesday to talk about the Police Commission's recent reprimand of the chief.
Emerging from the two-hour session in the mayor's office, Williams told reporters he "had a chance to give an explanation, and you see we took our time. It's in the mayor's hands now."
Riordan has until Monday to review the commission's action, which sources said was a unanimous decision to reprimand the chief for allegedly lying about receiving free hotel accommodations in Las Vegas. Williams has blamed a misunderstanding and threatened to sue. His supporters have said leaks about the commission's confidential findings are part of a campaign to undermine the city's first black police chief.
Councilman Marvin Braude, head of the Public Safety Committee and a Williams supporter, acknowledged Wednesday that he has been trying to help resolve the politically sensitive matter.