- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - Mayor Kirk Caldwell is appointing an attorney who’s involved in anti-domestic violence work to serve on the Honolulu Police Commission.

Caldwell announced the appointment of Loretta Ann Sheehan on Friday.

She handles civil cases at a Honolulu law firm and serves on the advisory council for the Domestic Violence Action Center. She was a deputy Honolulu prosecutor from 1986 to 1995 and an assistant U.S. attorney in Hawaii from 1995 to 2009.

Caldwell says her background as a prosecutor and advocate to end domestic violence will be important to the police commission.

In recent years, the police department has faced criticism over domestic violence incidents involving police officers.

Sheehan says she intends to work toward improving public confidence in the department.

The City Council must confirm her appointment.

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