Acting mayor Caldwell leaves city hall

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Acting Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell officially leaves office Monday after just 83 days on the job.  He goes down in history as the city's shortest serving mayor, acting or otherwise.  But while Caldwell does not officially relinquish the mayor's seat to mayor elect Peter Carlisle until Monday, Caldwell cleared out his office Friday.

Caldwell plans to spend Monday traveling around Oahu saying goodbye and thank you to city workers and will not be back at city hall Monday unless there is an emergency.

"I think I did a good job in the two months or so I was the acting mayor.  I ran to problems.  I didn't run from them.  I embraced them.  I did this because I wanted to make a difference.  I'll be honest and say I'd like to continue to do it, but the other thing I've come away with is our form of democracy.  I think it is the fairest yet invented in the world," Caldwell told Hawaii News Now.

Because of that democracy Caldwell is out ... and Carlisle is in.

"I believe the transition should be smooth because both I ran wanting to help the people of the city and county and Peter ran too.  Our duty is to make sure that the transition is smooth and that the people continue to be served," Caldwell said.

Caldwell is an attorney by trade.  He spent most of his adult life in private practice before serving in the state House of Representatives from 2002 until 2008.  He then moved across the street to city hall.

"For me it was so fulfilling.  And seeing that I was making a difference, I want to do it again.  Now where and how, I'm not sure," he said.

Caldwell's old law firm has offered him a job and he may take it.  But it sounds like we have not seen the last of Kirk Caldwell the politician and public servant.

"I think there will be an opportunity somewhere for me to serve," he concluded.

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