The case involves the botched prosecution of several people suspected of running illegal game rooms.
Donna Leong submitted her resignation over a month ago, but the city never shared the news.
The mayor said Managing Director Roy Amemiya is needed now “more than ever.”
Unlike other city officials under investigation by the feds, Amemiya will not be going on leave, city officials say.
COVID-19 shut things down for a bit. But prosecutors are back in town and recently called former police commissioner Max Sword before the grand jury.
Secrecy has long masked serious incidents of misconduct and outright corruption within the ranks of the Honolulu Police Department.
For too many years, lawmakers have turned aside efforts to allow public scrutiny of police misconduct. Now outrage over abuse of power should outweigh any pushback by the police union.
Both states have protected bad cops’ records from public view for decades. The death of George Floyd has renewed the calls for transparency.
Both the Honolulu county and state SHOPO boards support the candidate unanimously.