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Number of applicants for police chief job in 'double digits'

The number of people who have applied to be Honolulu's next police chief has hit double digits, but the exact number of applicants won't be announced until Wednesday at the next Honolulu Police Commission meeting.

Applications for the position must be postmarked Monday.

Commission Chair Max Sword said a final number isn't yet clear because some applications could be in the mail.

So far, Sword will only confirm that the number received is in the double digits.

Former Chief Louis Kealoha was forced to retire in February because he is a target in an FBI public corruption investigation that includes his wife, a deputy prosecutor.  

Other police officers involved in the scandal have had their police powers removed but are still with HPD.  

One high-ranking officer, police Maj. Gordon Shiraishi, retired last week after 33 years with the department.  He is considered a co-conspirator in the public corruption case.

Those applicants who qualify will then have their names and background reviewed by a citizens panel, which will narrow it down to create a list of finalists.  

The Honolulu Police Commission will make the final decision as early as this summer.

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