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Acting Honolulu Police Chief will retire by the end of the month

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

After several delays, the acting Police Chief announced he will retire at the end of October after all.

On Friday, Police Chief Cary Okimoto announced that he will step down from his interim role on Tuesday October 31st.

He first announced his retirement in early October. Okimoto was expected to step down on Oct. 31, but a few weeks later, he announced his retirement was postponed another month due to possible delays with the search for a long-term chief.

Now that the police commission has officially selected Maj. Susan Ballard for the role, Okimoto says he will now retire on Oct. 31.

Okimoto took over as chief when Louis Kealoha was forced to retire amid his federal public corruption case which he has now been indicted for.

Okimoto joined the force in 1984 where he served as deputy chief for administrative operations and assistant chief for the special field operations bureau, among other responsibilities.

It is unclear when Ballard will pass final tests and begin her role as new police chief.

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