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Dozens seek HPD chief position as application deadline passes

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

More than 30 people have already applied to become Honolulu's next police chief, and the number could still be growing -- even though the application deadline has already passed. 

Honolulu Police Commission Chairman Max Sword made the announcement at Wednesday's commission meeting.

Monday was the deadline for applications to be submitted, but because they also accept applications that were postmarked Monday, they have not yet determined a final tally.

The commission hopes to do so at some point next week. Once they do so, the hiring process can continue.

"The consultant, what they do is they do all the evaluation," said Sword. "The the psychological evaluation, the background check, the whole nine yards."

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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