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Esser says the endorsement came as a surprise.
Accused workers are presumed innocent, but some question whether they should continue to be paid as months turn into years.
He filed his paperwork back in December but withheld his announcement until now.
Policy-wise, the five candidates didn’t always agree, but they all agreed that public trust needed to be regained.
Five candidates are expected to participate in the Tuesday debate.
Tracy Yoshimura has asked a federal court to clear up an e-signature issue that has stalled his initiative to oust Keith Kaneshiro.
The federal agent’s attorneys have argued another trial for manslaughter would violate the double jeopardy clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Former Prosecuting Attorney Peter Carlisle, who introduced Kau at her Tuesday press conference, said he is no longer considering running for his old office.