The Latest: New Honolulu police chief must restore trust
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the selection of a woman to be the next Honolulu police chief (all times local):
Honolulu’s acting mayor says the woman selected to be the police department’s next chief faces a major challenge of restoring public trust.
Acting Mayor Roy Amemiya says the city’s administration looks forward to sitting down with her soon to discuss the long-term vision for the department.
The police commission on Wednesday selected Maj. Susan Ballard to replace Louis Kealoha, who retired amid a federal corruption investigation. Kealoha, his deputy city prosecutor wife and four current and former officers were indicted last week. Charges in the indictment include conspiracy, obstruction and bank fraud.
Sixty-year-old Ballard is set to be the first woman chief in the department’s history. She’s been on the force for 32 years. She says the indictment’s allegations made her angry.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is on vacation.
The Honolulu Police Commission has selected a woman to be the new chief of the beleaguered department.
The commission announced Wednesday it had picked police Maj. Susan Ballard, who will be the first woman to lead the Honolulu Police Department.
She is set to replace Louis Kealoha, who agreed to retire amid a federal corruption investigation.
Kealoha, his deputy city prosecutor wife and four former and current officers were indicted last week on allegations that they conspired to frame a man.
Charges include obstruction of justice and bank fraud.
The indictment says the Kealohas orchestrated the theft of their home mailbox to discredit Katherine Kealoha’s uncle in a family financial dispute.
Ballard tells reporters she was angry to read the allegations.
The Kealohas have pleaded not guilty.