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Former state deputy attorney general appointed next state sheriff

Renee Sonobe Hong Renee Sonobe Hong
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A former state deputy attorney general has been appointed as the next state sheriff, the Department of Public Safety announced Thursday.

Renee Sonobe Hong will lead the sheriff’s division starting Oct. 16, PSD said. In addition to serving as deputy attorney general for several agencies – including the departments of Public Safety and Hawaiian Home Lands – she also served 20 years in the city’s prosecutor’s office.

“Renee will bring valuable experience in her new role as Sheriff,” PSD director Nolan Espinda said in a statement. “She adds a wealth of criminal justice experience to our department.  Her experience in criminal prosecution will be an invaluable asset in widening and professionalizing the scope of law enforcement actions routinely performed by our deputy sheriffs statewide. She will provide effective leadership, accountability, and she will ensure that the division operates efficiently.”

Sonobe Hong replaces Robin Nagamine, who was suspended without pay in July, stemming from the handling of an investigation of a deputy’s DUI arrest.

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