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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Kealoha sworn in as police chief

Advertiser Staff

Louis M. Kealoha was sworn in as Honolulu's 10th chief of police today.

Kealoha was selected by the Police Commission last week from a field of six finalists.
Kealoha, 49, was captain of HPD's Juvenile Services Division. His longest stop moving up the command chain was six years as a lieutenant in the Training Division.
Kealoha, who grew up in Kalihi and is a graduate of Damien Memorial School, has a doctorate from the University of Southern California.
Kealoha also received a master of science in criminal justice administration from Chaminade University and has dual bachelor's degrees from the school, majoring in human services and occupational education.
Since 1999, he has been an adjunct professor at Chaminade's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
He is a 26-year veteran of HPD.
Kealoha took over a department with about 2,500 employees, about 2,000 of whom are officers. He will be paid $136,000 as chief.