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Honolulu Council Committee asks to postpone Police Chief selection

Committee Chair Donovan Dela Cruz Committee Chair Donovan Dela Cruz
Police Commission Chair Christine Camp Police Commission Chair Christine Camp

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HONOLULU (Hawaii News Now) - There's more scrutiny over the selection of Honolulu's next Police Chief.

Police Commission Chair Christine Camp was supposed to attend a special meeting to answer concerns, but she was a no show.

Her absence left members of the Honolulu City Council's Committee on Public Safety frustrated.

Committee Chair Donovan Dela Cruz called Monday's special meeting, after getting complaints from people, who question the Police Commission's selection process for a new chief.

"My worst fear is that the Commission Chair and the Commission will expedite the process so that the Council will not have an opportunity to provide that transparency," said Dela Cruz.

"Because the process is so messed up, whoever gets selected is going to enter this office with a dark cloud over their head and it's incredibly disappointing. It was my hope today that this hearing would clear up whatever doubt may be hanging over the current Police Commission," said Honolulu Council Member Charles Djou.

Camp was interviewing chief candidates all day.

After the meeting, the Council Committee sent a letter to Mayor Mufi Hannemann and the Police Commission asking to delay selection of a Police Chief until Camp can address the Council Members concerns.

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