Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Thursday that he has appointed local businessman Peter Adler to serve on the city and county’s Ethics Commission.

If confirmed by the City Council, Adler will serve a five-year term set to expire Dec. 31, 2020.

“Peter has a strong background in public service that dates back to his time as a Peace Corps volunteer, and his knowledge and experience will serve the Ethics Commission well,” Caldwell said in a press release. “He’s a leader in the field of mediation and multi-party negotiations. Peter has dealt many times with complex legal issues and reached successful conclusions.”

Peter Adler
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Said Adler, “I look forward to tackling the issues that come before the panel, and will use my expertise in problem-solving and conflict management to help craft sound and sensible decisions.” 

Adler is part of the Accord3.0 Network, which bills itself as “a seasoned team of respected professionals in planning, law, business, governmental affairs, public policy, environmental policy, finance and communications.”

His company bio states, “Adler’s specialty is multi-party negotiation and problem solving. He has worked extensively on water management and resource planning problems and mediates, writes, trains, and teaches in diverse areas of conflict management.”

This is the mayor’s fourth appointment to the seven-member commission, and it fills a vacancy.

The commission’s executive director, Chuck Totto, has had a contentious relationship with the Caldwell administration and his appointed Ethics commissioners.

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