HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In a department email obtained by Hawaii News Now, Acting Honolulu Police Chief Cary Okimoto announced he is delaying his retirement.
In the email dated Oct. 13, Okimoto says, "Due to possible delays in the selection of the new chief, and at the request of Mayor Caldwell, I will be postponing my retirement to November 30. This change will not impact any of the department's plans, services, or programs."
Okimoto stepped in to the role of acting police chief in December, after former Police Chief Louis Kealoha went on leave because he was the subject of a federal public corruption investigation. Okimoto then stayed in the position after Kealoha retired shortly after.
In early October, Okimoto said he was planning to retire at the end of the month, when the next police chief was set to be announced.
But the ongoing search — a process shrouded in secrecy and met with public scrutiny — is slower than Okimoto anticipated.
Seven finalists for the position, selected by a secret panel, have been announced.
It is now unclear when the announcement of the new police chief will be made.