“The HPD does not support or oppose the retirement agreement,” Okimoto said. “However, I would be remiss if I did not express my concern.
“For the record, I am opposed to the use of departmental monies to fund the severance payment,” he wrote. “The department did not participate in the discussion process and was only informed of the final decision shortly before yesterday’s news conference.”
The Police Commission negotiated Kealoha’s separation agreement in a series of private meetings, some of which may have violated the state’s Sunshine Law.
In addition to the $250,000 lump sum payment, Kealoha is entitled to his full pension and benefits. It’s estimated that Kealoha, who has 33 years of service with HPD, could earn around $150,000 per year in pension payments.
A provision of Kealoha’s retirement deal — which specifically states that he is leaving in “good standing” — says that he would be required to pay back the $250,000 severance if he’s convicted of a felony in the next six years.
No charges have been filed against Kealoha in connection with the U.S. Justice Department investigation. The chief, whose official retirement date is March 1, has maintained his innocence.
Read Okimoto’s letter here:
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