- Associated Press - Friday, January 6, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on the employment status of Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha, who is under federal investigation (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the retirement of embattled Police Chief Louis Kealoha will allow the department to move forward.

Caldwell says Friday’s announcement that Kealoha has agreed to retire is the right decision. Kealoha went on paid leave last month after receiving notice that he’s the target of a federal investigation.

A grand jury is looking into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption at the department.

State Sen. Will Espero agrees that it’s best that Kealoha retire. He says while the police commission could have been more open to receiving public testimony about Kealoha’s employment, the panel ultimately reached the right decision.

Commission Chairman Max Sword says details about Kealoha’s retirement agreement are being worked out. Commissioner Steven Levinson says the agreement will be made public.

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1 p.m.

Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha is agreeing to retire amid a federal investigation prompted by corruption allegations that surfaced during a theft case involving his home mailbox.

Police Commission Chairman Max Sword said after commissioners met privately Friday that Kealoha has agreed to retire after more than 30 years of service. The commission had been discussing his employment status behind closed doors and promised to announce a decision Friday.

Kealoha went on paid leave last month after receiving an FBI target letter. A federal grand jury has been looking into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption at the police department. The investigation began after allegations surfaced that Kealoha and his wife Katherine Kealoha framed her uncle for stealing their mailbox in an attempt to discredit him in a family financial dispute.

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9:10 a.m.

The Honolulu Police Commission will continue its closed door discussion on the status of Chief Louis Kealoha, who’s on paid leave because he’s the target of a federal investigation.

Commission Chairman Max Sword says commissioners will meet Friday privately and then later publicly announce a decision on Kealoha’s status.

The commission began their closed door discussion on Wednesday. Sword later said they needed more time and more information to reach a decision.

Kealoha surrendered his gun and badge last month after receiving an FBI target letter. A federal grand jury is looking into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption.

His attorney Myles Breiner couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Friday.

Commissioner Loretta Sheehan says the panel’s options include suspending Kealoha with or without pay or removing him.

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