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HPD acting chief announces retirement at end of month

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Acting Chief Cary Okimoto Acting Chief Cary Okimoto

Honolulu Police Acting Chief Cary Okimoto announced his intentions to retire at the end of October in an internal department email sent Friday afternoon.

In a portion of Okimoto's message, he said that  "sometimes, it is easy to forget the outstanding work our employees do to protect our community on a daily basis. However, remember that we did not take this job for the glory or credit. We are all about doing the right thing for the right reason.

"I have strived to do this throughout my career, and I ask all of you to do the same," he wrote. "Aim for the highest level of professionalism and continue to work hard and make decisions that will benefit the entire community."

By the time Okimoto steps down, a new chief is expected to be named by the Police Commission. The seven finalists for the position are:

- Thomas Aiu, former agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency

- Susan Ballard, HPD Major

- Kurt Kendro, former HPD Major

- Kevin Lima, retired HPD Assistant Chief

- Mark Lomax, former Pennsylvania State Police Major

- James Lowery, Arlington, Texas Police Deputy-Chief

- Paul Putzulu, HPD Deputy Chief

The commission named Okimoto HPD's acting chief after then-Chief Louis Kealoha took what was originally a 30-day leave of absence from the force in December 2016, this after Kealoha was notified by federal officials that he was a suspect in an ongoing criminal investigation which stemmed from the theft of his mailbox back in 2013.

Kealoha then announced his retirement in early January 2017.

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