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5.5 percent raise sought for police chief, deputies

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:36 p.m. HST, Feb 20, 2014

The Honolulu Police Department says a 5.5 percent  increase for the police chief and his deputies is needed to keep up with other officers, whose salaries have climbed after successful union negotiations.

Assistant Police Chief Mark Nakagawa asked for the raises earlier this month to Sara Buehler, chairwoman of the city Salary Commission. which makes the final recommendation to the City Council.

Nakagawa said Honolulu's Police Department serves the 12th largest metropolitan area in the United States.

"The department ranks as the 20th largest police force in the United States with all of the attendant issues and complexities of a large police agency," said Nakagawa who heads HPD's Administrative Bureau which includes Human Resources and Finance divisions.

Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his deputies received 5.5 percent raises last year from the City Council.

In a Feb. 4 letter to the city Salary Commission, Nakagawa that since then, unionized members of the police department received two pay raises of 1.75 percent, and will receive two more 1.75 percent raises, for a total of about 7 percent.

Kealoha now earns $151,632 - a 5 percent increase will mean his annual salary would climb to $159,972, Nakagawa said.

Kealoha's two deputies earn $144,624. A 5 percent hike would bring their salaries to $152,578,

A 5 percent salary increase for six assistant police chiefs would raise their salaries from $149,364 to $154,367  at the end of 2015 fiscal year, according to Nakagawa's calculations.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
All the salaries are in the same range, as one would think that The Chief's salary would be maybe at least $20,000 more than the deputies.
on February 20,2014 | 10:26AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
HonoluluHawaii your ignorance is Bliss!!!
on February 20,2014 | 11:09AM
what wrote:
Bottom line, our police officers are already well paid for their hard work and service to the community. No raise is or was needed for the unionized officers, and no raise is needed for the chiefs. The City is out of money, and the taxpaers are tapped out.<.b>
on February 20,2014 | 11:51AM
pridon wrote:
Raise the garbage fee to $15/month or have them resign as Chief and go back to the beat, if they can make more there. I'd be happy to do his job for $150 K.
on February 20,2014 | 12:22PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Thank You Malama Market.
on February 20,2014 | 03:17PM
jess wrote:
I know it will never happen, but de-unionizing HPD would greatly benefit the public....
on February 20,2014 | 10:34AM
Upperkula wrote:
Arrest this person
on February 20,2014 | 10:40AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
For what?
on February 20,2014 | 10:50AM
GeneralMac wrote:
Can you tell me what atrocities these police officers are committing? Could you also cite your source for these atrocities. Regardless of what they are being paid, this is a serious allegation that should not go unresolved.
on February 20,2014 | 08:07PM
jess wrote:
Arrest me? For stating an opinion? Are you familiar with the atrocities police officers get away with because they are unionized? I guess not.... do some research before you start making comments like that.
on February 20,2014 | 10:57AM
droid wrote:
Upperkula was being sarcastic. Get a grip!
on February 20,2014 | 11:56AM
Totally what I was thinking. And, furthermore, while the rest of the world has to rely on a 1-3% raise, why do our state and city workers get the %'s they get? No wonder were in trouble.
on February 20,2014 | 11:03AM
cojef wrote:
Comparison with other police departments are irrelevant as they may be overpaid. A fairer base is the cost of living index. Remember their pensions are tied to the pay scale at the time of retirement and it could sky-rocket beyond the ability of the taxpayers to do so. The threat of bankruptcy does not do any justice to their retirement.
on February 20,2014 | 12:19PM
st1d wrote:
the state is forcing private enterprise to give minimum wage earners a 38% raise.
on February 20,2014 | 03:50PM
nitpikker wrote:
why don't they set raises for everyone at the same time. its always...one side goes up so the other side gotta catch up and its an endless merry-go-round.
on February 20,2014 | 10:37AM
Advsurfsail wrote:
I don't think they should get a raise at all!
on February 20,2014 | 10:40AM
saveparadise wrote:
How do we determine fair pay? I think the brave officers at the bottom risking their lives and taking all kinds of physical and verbal abuse from criminals should get more of the lions share. There should be a salary cap once you become a paper pusher and public relations manager at the top.
on February 20,2014 | 11:10AM
Mypualani wrote:
I like the way you think....yup they are the first ones we call when all hell breaks loose!
on February 20,2014 | 03:00PM
Locokane wrote:
Pay for Deputies should be based on merit not straight out pay increases. I would like to know what innovative ideas his deputies have come up with in serving the public. I still see no enforcement of drivers running red lights and endangering other drivers and pedestrians crossing the street. I also see lots of speeders on the freeways without enforcement. Instead I see lots of policemen stationed below a hill and enforcing speed limits (over 10 mph) which is a waste of time. Merit pay raises for all police supervisors not set pay raises for doing nothing to improve public safety.
on February 20,2014 | 11:41AM
Ronin006 wrote:
A little know fact about police salaries is that rank and file police officers receive an extra $1 per hour, soon to go to $2 per hour worked, for behaving while off duty. That’s right. Police get extra pay for doing what all citizens are suppose to do – obey the laws. I wonder how much extra pay the chief and his deputies are being paid for behaving while off duty and how much more they want “to keep up with other officers.”
on February 20,2014 | 12:09PM
localguy wrote:
Would you back up this claim with a supporting reference link?
on February 20,2014 | 01:05PM
Ronin006 wrote:
I was out all day Sorry I took so long. Here is the link: http://www4.honolulu.gov/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-140026/7-33fkrs.pdf. See Page 2 of Exhibit A.
on February 20,2014 | 05:40PM
danji wrote:
Why are they starving??? Quit if you think you can't live a comfortable life with 100,000$ annual salary
on February 20,2014 | 12:12PM
waokele wrote:
Why does Kealoha have 2 deputies and 6 assistant Chief of Police? No wonder taxes are so high.
on February 20,2014 | 12:13PM
Wazdat wrote:
on February 20,2014 | 03:17PM
AhiPoke wrote:
I'm curious to want to see the actual amounts that all police personel earn, including all sources of pay. I'd also like to see the amount of benefits, including retirement, received and the terms of the vesting and payments. I'm guessing that this information would be surprising to many of us.
on February 20,2014 | 12:15PM
pridon wrote:
North Carolina posts salaries of all State employees on line and probably many city employees. These guys pad thier ratirement with overtime and extra duty like sitting in thier car at a road construction or paving site. They make OT rates for that, I belevie.
on February 20,2014 | 12:28PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Part of the problem in using size as a comparison is the fact that we have an unusually high per-capita ratio. I dare say that if we reduced our force to be more in line with the top 20 metropolitan per-capita ratios, then labor costs and rates should be adjusted accordingly. At one point in the 90's it was reported that we did have the highest per-capita ration in the country. Not sure if that still hold true but I do suspect that it is still up there.
on February 20,2014 | 12:28PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Just to add what I said above. Unnaturally high per-capita ratios is reflective of poor top level management skills and labor decisions. Should we be giving raises for such miscalculations? There is no justification for Hawaii having such high rations - its not like we are a Detroit or a super high crime city that is really in need of a high ratio...
on February 20,2014 | 12:37PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
To protect and serve. To risk your life for civilians. Yes, you guys deserve it. Like servicemen who serve this country, you serve and protect All. Mahalo.
on February 20,2014 | 03:28PM
localguy wrote:
Here is a deal for HPD. Tax payers will "Consider" your request if you agree to move all newly hired officers over to the Roth 401k retirement plan. No pension, we can't afford it plus your continually asking for pay raises. There is no more money for both. You need to do more to cut costs. Roth 401k plan is the answer other cities are going to, we need to follow.
on February 20,2014 | 01:07PM
localguy wrote:
Here is a deal for HPD. Tax payers will Consider your request if you agree to move all newly hired officers over to the Roth 401k retirement plan. No pension, we can't afford it plus your continually asking for pay raises. There is no more money for both. You need to do more to cut costs. Roth 401k plan is the answer other cities are going to, we need to follow.
on February 20,2014 | 01:08PM
Barefootie wrote:
Great, now the Police chief and his deputies want to get raises, stand in line! The tax paying citizens of the State of Hawaii, are not getting any raises, except for more taxes; lower the cost of living in the State of Hawaii and then we might consider giving raises to the PD chief and deputies, but until then..................YSOL!
on February 20,2014 | 03:38PM
RandolphW wrote:
This is exactly what the voters in Honolulu are going to get for voting in administrations in such as Kirk Caldwell and Neil Abercrombie, and voted in largely by the voters who are supportive or members of a union. This results in a one way street to a runaway cost of government at all levels, and there is no end in sight.
on February 20,2014 | 05:37PM
sailfish1 wrote:
They got 5.5% last year. They again want a 5.5% raise. 11% in 2 years is way too much. If they want a raise to keep up with the other officers, it's likely the other officers are overpaid. These unions are out of control - why the administration keeps giving them what they want is ridiculous.
on February 20,2014 | 06:07PM
HD36 wrote:
San Bernadino CA had to file bankrupty because every Mayor, in order to get elected, had to promise the public police union a raise. When they filed bankruptcy several years ago, a police seargant was making over $300,000 a year.
on February 21,2014 | 04:12AM
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