Mayor, Sword hobble police commission
Honolulu Police Commission Chairman Max Sword is an embarrassment. He is supposed to be doing the people’s business, not playing spin doctor or lobbyist. His shameful behavior the last few weeks in a rush to get a new chief shows he is not up to the job. He should resign.
The mayor is also to blame. He has left two seats on the commission vacant. One member resigned earlier this year, and Louella Costales’ term had expired (she was held over but resigned last month) and he did nothing to replace her.
I was disheartened to read that Commissioner Steven Levinson had implored the mayor to fill the seats and has given up trying (“With HPD panel leader out of chief choice, others must be unanimous,” Star-Advertiser, Oct. 11). The mayor should have a list of people under consideration for every commission seat on the island, and when a term is up, either reappoint or announce the new candidate. He leaves seats vacant for long periods, a dereliction of duty.
Lynne Matusow Downtown Honolulu