Higher education requirements for next Maui chief

KIHEI, Hawaii (AP) - The next Maui police chief will need at least a bachelor's degree or be a graduate of the FBI National Academy and have at least 15 years of law enforcement experience.

The Maui Police Commission voted Wednesday on stricter requirements for applicants seeking the job that pays $135,000 a year.

Chief Gary Yabuta is retiring to take on a new position with a federal anti-drug trafficking task force in Honolulu.

The Maui News reports the commission set requirements beyond what's outlined for the job in the county charter.

The commission will allow out-of-state applicants, as long as the new chief is a Hawaii resident within 60 days of being appointed.

Commissioner Michael Wilson expressed concern that higher education requirements will reduce the amount of applicants.

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