Honolulu Hubbub Over Reality TV Star Sinks HPD Chief Selection Panel

The decision was at least partially the result of fallout over commission Chairman Max Sword’s decision to nominate reality TV star Beth Chapman for a spot on the committee.

Chapman is married to Duane Chapman, otherwise known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, a Hawaii-based bail bondsman who used to have his own TV show.

On Wednesday, Sword acknowledged that Chapman’s nomination served as a distraction and during the public portion of the commission meeting said that the citizens panel selection process had “overshadowed” the objective of selecting a new police chief.

He also said that the ultimate decision should stay with the commissioners.


“I thought this would be a good tool to include an extra pair of eyes, so to speak, from individuals from outside the commission,” Sword said. “However, since making the announcement regarding the panel I and other commissioners have been inundated with positive and negative feedback from the public and endless suggestions on additional individuals who should be included on the panel.

“It is very obvious that no matter who we put on the citizens panel there will always be someone who feels left out.”

Sword said the reason he wanted to form a citizens advisory panel in the first place was because a similar process had been used in the past. The last time the commission selected a chief was in 2009 when it hired Louis Kealoha, who at the time was a captain with the Honolulu Police Department.

Kealoha retired earlier this year after he was named as the target in a U.S. Justice Department investigation into public corruption and abuse of power.

Shortly after Kealoha left the department Sword said he wanted the commissioners to form a committee made up of “regular people” to help analyze applicants.

Earlier this month, commissioners submitted the names of 13 people who they wanted to be considered for the selection panel. Those names were to be whittled down to five people who would then grade each of the 30 or so candidates who applied for the job.

When news broke that Chapman was one of the nominees it resulted in a fair share of ridicule on social media and other online forums, because of Chapman’s bombastic persona and her own run-ins with the law. Some were concerned that the commissioners also weren’t taking the process of hiring a new chief seriously.

There was also worry that other nominees from other commissioners were overly political or too detached from the communities that are being policed.

Read the rest at http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/05/mrs-dog-the-bounty-hunter-hubbub-sinks-hpd-chief-selection-panel/


Dog the Bounty Hunter and wife robbed of $5,000 cash while staying at LA hotel in March 2017


Dog the Bounty Hunter might be on the hunt for another criminal, so to say.

The 64-year-old former reality star and his wife Beth were robbed of more than $5,000 in Los Angeles Thursday night as result of a break-in to the Luxe Hotel suite they were staying in during their visit to Southern California, TMZ reports.

The one-time bail bondsman and his spouse were not present at the time of the robbery, the outlet reported, adding that they discovered the money was missing from a safe in the room.

Police told the outlet that there were no signs of any forced entry in the room, and that they were in touch with officials from the establishment to ascertain if any duplicate keys were made for the room that the celebrity couple was staying in.

Authorities are also reviewing surveillance footage from the establishment. According to the report, all of the jewelry and belongings left in the room weren’t touched.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4303434/Thieves-5K-Dog-Bounty-Hunter-s-hotel-room.html#ixzz4k3632b5M
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Wife of ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ won’t help pick Honolulu’s next police chief

HONOLULU – The wife of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” reality TV star Duane “Dog” Chapman won’t have a role in helping select the next chief of the Honolulu Police Department.

The police commission during a meeting Wednesday decided to scrap plans for a citizen panel that would have helped screen candidates vying to replace Louis Kealoha, who retired amid a federal corruption investigation.

Commission Chairman Max Sword made headlines earlier this month by nominating Beth Chapman, touting her experience in the bail bonds business

Commissioner Steve Levinson said he supports moving forward with the chief’s selection process without creating the five-member panel.

“I have been approached by a number of people … who have expressed consternation over one particular nomination,” he said. “My own sense is that the police commission has become an object of some derision and ridicule as a result of that nomination and I believe that’s unhealthy and not good for the commission.”

There was also some misunderstanding in the public about what the role of the panel members would be, Levinson said.

Read the rest at http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/wife-of-dog-the-bounty-hunter-won-t-help-pick-honolulu-s-next-police-chief-1.3418795