HPD seeks 5.5% raise for chief and deputies

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL - By Gregg K. Kake­sako gkake­sako@starad­ver­tiser.com

The Honolulu Po­lice Depart­ment says a 5.5 per­cent in­crease for the po­lice chief and his deputies is needed to keep up with salaries of of­fi­cers, whose salaries have climbed af­ter suc­cess­ful union ne­go­ti­a­tions.

The re­quest for an in­crease was taken to the city Salary Com­mis­sion this month by As­sis­tant Po­lice Chief Mark Nak­a­gawa. The com­mis­sion makes rec­om­men­da­tions to the City Coun­cil.

“The depart­ment ranks as the 20th largest po­lice force in the United States with all of the at­ten­dant is­sues and com­plex­i­ties of a large po­lice agency,” Nak­a­gawa said in a Feb. 4 let­ter to the com­mis­sion. Nak­a­gawa heads HPD’s Ad­min­is­tra­tive Bureau, which in­cludes the hu­man re­sources and fi­nance di­vi­sions.

Po­lice Chief Louis Kealoha and his deputies re­ceived 5.5 per­cent raises last year from the City Coun­cil.

Nak­a­gawa said that since then, union­ized mem­bers of the po­lice depart­ment re­ceived two pay raises of 1.75 per­cent, and will re­ceive two more 1.75 per­cent raises, for a to­tal of about 7 per­cent.

Kealoha now earns $151,632, and a 5.5 per­cent in­crease would push his an­nual salary to $159,972, Nak­a­gawa said.

Kealoha’s two deputies earn $144,624, and a 5.5 per­cent hike would bring their salaries to $152,578.

As for other salaries, six as­sis­tant po­lice chiefs’ pay would rise from $149,364 to $154,367 at the end of 2015 fis­cal year, ac­cord­ing to Nak­a­gawa’s cal­cu­la­tions.

Louis Kealoha: Honolulu’s po­lice chief now earns $151,632 an­nu­ally

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