Former police captain seeking to serve as chief

Maui Police Chief Gary Yabuta has announced his retirement (The Maui News, May 17), which will inevitably bring on all the buzz again about what’s good and bad with the Maui Police Department, and who should lead next. Many will say that it should be the next in line, as has always been the case for more than 25 years.

I ran five years ago and lost. It was said I was too old (I’m 58), I should stay retired, etc. I believe it is good for Maui to have alternatives. I served 25 years, and retired in 2001. I worked with and even supervised many of our current leaders.

I am running again to promote an opportunity for fresh ideas and alternatives to the status quo. I am concerned that no women officers have been hired in the past four years. I am concerned about a lack of transparency in matters concerning our officers’ conduct. I am concerned that we have lost faith and trust from the public we serve. I am concerned that some of our skills have diminished. I believe we need to re-create mentors for our younger officers, and re-create the belief that any officer who does well and maintains integrity has an equal opportunity to advance and lead.

If you believe this also, support me and let the police commissioners know how you feel. I will be running again.

Paul Winters

Retired captain

Maui Police Department