Susan Ballard sworn in as Honolulu's first female police chief

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After 32 years as a member of Honolulu's police force, Susan Ballard officially become the city's chief of police on Wednesday.

"I look forward to moving forward and I'm just humbled by all the support from officers," Ballard said during the swearing-in ceremony.

The ceremony, which lasted about 10 minutes, was held at the department's headquarters in front of dozens, including Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Police Commission Chairman Max Sword and other HPD officers. Supreme Court Chief Justices Mark Recktenwald administered the oath of office.

"Throughout her career, she's seen it as a primary objective to take care of her little corner of the world. Her corner of the world became much, much, much larger and we're very confident that she's going to take care of that as well," said Steven Levinson, Honolulu Police Commission member and former Associate Justice of the state Supreme Court.

Ballard takes over at a time when morale within the ranks has lagged. Less than two weeks ago, former Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife Katherine were indicted for financial fraud and conspiracy.

At the time of her selection to serve as chief, Ballard was the commander for HPD's receiving division and had been previously in charge of training, the Kaneohe district, the Kalihi district and the HPD's Finance Division. She was promoted to major in 2001.

"Chief Ballard is someone who has come up through the ranks. She's earned it, she's done her time ... at every level," said HPD Captain Jayson Kauwenaole.

She'll serve a five-year term with an annual salary of $191,000.

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