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Honolulu liquor administrator under investigation

Dennis Enomoto, Commission Chair Dennis Enomoto, Commission Chair
Charles Djou Charles Djou

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Liquor Commission held a private meeting Thursday night to discuss an investigation of the man who heads the commission.

Chief Administrator Dewey Kim was placed on paid administrative leave November 30.

The five member liquor commission, the body that hired Kim and has now placed him on leave, went behind closed doors to talk about the investigation.

After about an hour commission Chair Dennis Enomoto came out and told reporters it is not a criminal investigation.

"We're in the process of confirming an investigator. It's going to be an independent (investigator), I can say that. We wanted to make sure it's a very fair fair issue because we've got to be fair to all sides," Enomoto said.

Enomoto says because this is a personnel matter he can not yet talk about allegations against Kim. Sources tell Hawaii News Now some of Kim's investigators have accused him of mismanagement. A few years ago an investigator told KGMB9 Kim used city resources to support a private event.

"Obviously this isn't positive. You know, the Liquor Commission has had so much trouble over the last few years ... I have always wanted that they make a priority to re-instill public trust and confidence in their agency, and this latest spat is obviously not good. It's not helping them restore public trust," said Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou.

Djou says it is time the Honolulu Police Department be put in charge of liquor law enforcement. He believes the Liquor commission should continue to handle liquor licensing.

Hawaii News Now called Kim for comment but he has not returned the call.

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