Kauai seeks $50,000 to fill police chief post
LIHUE » The Kauai County Police Commission plans to ask the county for about $50,000 to hire a consultant that will help it find a new police chief.
The process would be similar to the steps Honolulu went through to select its current police chief, said Deputy County Attorney Galen Nakamura. The County Attorney's office suggested hiring a consultant.
Nakamura told the commission that it would take about 30 days to choose a consultant, then about four months to find a new police chief.
Councilman Mel Rapozo said he supports the idea, adding $50,000 was not expensive if it enabled the county to select a police chief in a fair and impartial way.
The island's last police chief, K.C. Lum, resigned last month after a tumultuous tenure.
Lum has vowed to run for office on Kauai but hasn't said what race he'll enter.