Ethics charges lead Honolulu official to resign

Patty Teruya
Patty Teruya

HONOLULU (AP) - A Honolulu official who oversees special events for the city has resigned from her position following an ethics investigation.

The Honolulu Ethics Commission announced Friday that Patty Teruya left her job rather than go through a hearing to contest multiple counts of abuse of city resources.

In an investigation earlier this year, the commission found Teruya had used her authority to get nonprofits and vendors to submit letters of recommendation on her behalf. She is also accused of endorsing a close friend for service contracts for several city-sponsored events. Other charges include exchanging non-work related emails to support her campaign for city council and for personal shopping.

The commission said the alleged violations, if proven to be true, would have made her unfit to continue working for the city.

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