There are mystery men — or women — inside Honolulu Hale.

And by not telling us who they are Mayor Kirk Caldwell is violating a state law that requires disclosure of the names of government employees.

One is Caldwell’s chief of staff. That would seem to be an important public position.

Civil Beat has been trying to find out who Caldwell’s right hand man — or woman — is for more than a week, but city officials have been cagey.

They’ve refused to release this person’s name citing privacy concerns for city employees.

When pressed further, they’ve even questioned whether Caldwell has a “chief of staff.”

City records indicate he does. The official title is “executive assistant to the mayor,” and the position comes with a salary of $121,896, which is second only to the mayor’s pay in the six-person Mayor’s Office.

The job description also clearly lays out the fact that the executive assistant to the mayor is the chief of staff:

“This position serves as Chief of Staff of the Office of the Mayor and is responsible for developing, supervising and administering the activities of the Mayor’s office.”

That’s not all. This person is tasked with serving as the mayor’s “personal representative and liaison,” and is supposed to attend cabinet meetings, meet with business groups, labor unions, department heads and other elected, state, federal and foreign officials.

He or she is also charged with using “independent judgment” to tackle other high stakes duties, such as recommending “action to be taken by the Mayor on all correspondence, communications, policies, and interface with internal and external agencies.”

If that’s not the definition of “chief of staff” we don’t know what is.

It’s entirely possible Caldwell hasn’t filled the position yet. But if that’s the case, why doesn’t the city just say so?

The bigger issue is the city’s policy of not releasing employee names.

We asked for the names of all six employees in the Mayor’s Office. Two we already knew — the mayor himself and his press secretary, Jesse Broder Van Dyke — but the mayor won’t release the others.

This violates the state’s public records law, the Uniform Information Practices Act.

Specifically, the law says an agency must disclose an employee’s name, compensation, job title, job description, education and training background as well as other employment related information, such as start dates and labor union affiliations.

The only exception is for employees who work undercover for a law enforcement agency.

Last we checked, the executive assistant to the mayor wasn’t packing heat.

Here’s the full job description: