Federal prosecutors say city workers accepted tens of thousands of dollars to fast track permits and provide other special treatment.
A former associate of the station boss implicated him in a federal plea agreement.
Hanalei Aipoalani also admitted using his position as a Honolulu grant administrator to direct money to the CEO of Hawaii island’s public access TV station.
The City Council chair has requested an audit of HPD overtime spending.
The Police Commission conducts oversight of HPD and has the power to hire and fire the chief.
Kealoha will begin his sentence in June.
A police commissioner said he plans to ask the chief about the policy at an upcoming meeting.
The American Rescue Plan funds can be used for a broader spectrum of purposes than the earlier federal stimulus and could make up for revenue the city lost because of the pandemic.
Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard agrees with the idea of social services workers handling calls involving homelessness and mental illness.