Mayor, Sword hob­ble po­lice com­mis­sion

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

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

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