— ADVERTISEMENT —
2 women make history as
Police Chief candidatesMAJOR DONNA ANDERSON
Position: Head of Internal Affairs
Years in HPD: 21
MAJOR SUSAN BALLARD
ASST. CHIEF BOISSE CORREA
ACTING CHIEF GLENN KAJIYAMA
The selection process began originally with 13 applicants, including three women. The list was whittled to nine after a screening exam.
Then the applicants participated in a series of exercises put together by an assessment team made up of a law enforcement expert from Texas and three community members: a partner in a Honolulu law firm, a retired newspaper executive and a vice president for Hawaiian Electric Co.
The community assessments took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, and results from those assessments were released yesterday. Taketa said one of the key factors in choosing the final four besides exam and assessment results was peer evaluations, which all nine applicants provided for one another.
"All nine who went to the assessment center rated each other," Taketa said. "The four finalists had extremely high peer evaluations."
The next step in the process will be psychological evaluations tomorrow and Monday, followed by oral interviews with Police Commission members Aug. 23-24.
The final decision is expected Aug. 24 or 25.
The selection process has been largely facilitated by mainland consultant Terry Eisenberg, who is being paid $29,000 by the city. Taketa said an outside consultant was needed to ensure that the selection process was fair for applicants.
The search for a police chief began shortly after former Chief Lee Donohue retired on July 1, the anniversary date of his 40th year on the force.
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