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Five chosen to help search for Correa's HPD successor


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POSTED: Thursday, June 18, 2009

A five-member committee will help the Honolulu Police Commission search for a new chief of police to replace Boisse Correa whose five-year term will end Aug. 31.

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A subcommittee made the choices, and the commission approved the following people for the selection panel:

» Ron Taketa, financial secretary and business representative of the Hawaii Carpenters Union, Local 745. Taketa, a three-term former commissioner, represents the labor sector and was involved in selecting the last three chiefs.

» Ed Hubenette, Marriott Hotels, international area vice president for North Asia, Hawaii and the South Pacific, member of the Hawaii Business Roundtable.

» Linda Wong, small business owner who owns World of Aloha. Wong was chief of staff under former Mayor Frank Fasi for more than 10 years and held positions in the state Senate and the lieutenant governor's office.

» William “;Buzzy”; Hong, executive director of Hawaii Building and Construction Trades Council, former chairman of the Honolulu Fire Commission. He helped oversee the selection of the current fire chief.

» Tim Johns, president and chief executive officer of Bishop Museum and former Department of Land and Natural Resources director.

The committee will work with a consultant to screen candidates; the commission will make the choice. The commission did not renew Correa's.

The chief position and the consultant will be posted July 1 on the Internet and in newspapers.

Commission Chairwoman Christine Camp said a timetable for the selection process would be determined in part by the number and quality of applicants. It could take up to year's end, she has said.