HONOLULU - Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha is expected to retire, but according to our partners at Civil Beat, he could get a huge payout in addition to his retirement package.

Honolulu Police Commission Chairman Max Sword refused to answer questions about the issue from City Council members during a committee meeting Tuesday morning. Sword said the terms of Kealoha's retirement will be made public after the commission makes its final decision. Kealoha voluntarily placed himself on paid leave last month, while federal officials carry out a corruption investigation.  

"At this point in time, we'll say we're in negotiations," Sword said during Tuesday's meeting. "And we'll come up with a decision on the [Jan.] 18th."

Some council members questioned the police commission's transparency and said anything more than a retirement would be considered a settlement. 

"A lot of people that I've spoken to would disapprove of any additional payout to the police chief, that's in addition to what he's already has the right to based on our hiring laws. It would seem unfair," said Councilwoman Kymberly Marcos Pine, who represents District 1. 

The public will be able to testify at the police commission's next meeting on Jan. 18.