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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, June 1, 2006

Two members quit Police Commission

By Peter Boylan
Advertiser Staff Writer

The chairwoman of the Honolulu Police Commission and a second commissioner have resigned, a city official confirmed.

Chairwoman Cha Thompson, a 12-year veteran of the commission who replaced retired chairman Ron Taketa in December, and Jimmy Borges, a three-year veteran, gave up their posts yesterday, according to city spokesman Bill Brennan.

"If they feel it's time to step aside and pursue other interests, that's fine," he said yesterday. "(Mayor Mufi Hannemann) feels he'll have no problem recruiting capable members from the community."

Hannemann is grateful for their service to the city and wishes them both well, Brennan said.

Neither Thompson nor Borges could be reached for comment yesterday. A call left with the commission's executive officer was not returned yesterday.

Honolulu Police Capt. Frank Fujii, department spokesman, declined comment.

The Police Commission is made up of seven members who are appointed by the mayor to five-year staggered terms.

The commission appoints the chief of police, reviews administrative rules and regulations for the Police Department, and investigates charges and allegations brought by the public against officers.

The commission also reviews the department's budget and may make recommendations to the mayor, according to the city.

Borges, an entertainer, was appointed on Oct. 24, 2003, for a term to expire on Dec. 31, 2007, according to the commission's 2004 annual report.

Thompson is executive vice president of Tihati Productions, an entertainment company, and was reappointed on Oct. 18, 2002, according to the report.

Reach Peter Boylan at pboylan@honoluluadvertiser.com.