Five finalists named for police chief
Two Maui Police Department assistant chiefs and a captain are among five finalists being recommended for the job of police chief.
The finalists, who were announced at a Maui Police Commission meeting held online Wednesday, are:
• Capt. Everett Ferreira, commander of the Wailuku Patrol Division. He is a 42-year MPD veteran.
• Former Assistant Chief Larry Hudson, who retired from MPD in 2013 after more than 33 years, the last three as head of the Support Services Bureau. After retiring, Hudson served as a Maui Planning Commission member before resigning in 2019.
• Assistant Chief John Jakubczak, who heads the Uniform Services Bureau that includes six patrol districts throughout the county and the Traffic Section. He has been an MPD officer for more than 33 years.
• Capt. John Pelletier, bureau commander of Major Violator/Narcotics for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
• Assistant Chief Victor Ramos, who heads the Investigative Services Bureau that includes the Criminal Investigation, Vice and Juvenile Crime Prevention divisions, as well as the Special Response Team. Ramos has been an MPD officer for more than 32 years.
The finalists were recommended by a temporary investigative group composed of four commissioners who “spent a considerable amount of time” on July 13 and 14 reviewing 17 applications submitted by the July 12 deadline, said commission Chairman Frank De Rego.
He said the applications included six from Maui, two from other islands and nine from elsewhere in the U.S.
De Rego said Wednesday he was “just reporting the recommendations” to the commission. He said deliberation and acceptance of the candidates would occur at the commission’s next meeting in August.
Additional commission meetings will be scheduled to discuss the selection of a chief, De Rego said.
“We would like to expedite the hiring of the chief for the good of the community and also for the good of the department,” he said.
The temporary investigative group, which includes De Rego and commissioners Janet Kuwahara, Emmett Rodrigues and Mark Redeker, will continue to meet to discuss questions and a written exam for the candidates, De Rego said.
The commission is searching for a new chief following the retirement May 1 of Chief Tivoli Faaumu after more than 35 years in the department. The pay is $158,851 a year for the position as administrative head of the department.
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