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Charles Totto

The chief of the city Ethics Commission says his staff must be independent

By Vicki Viotti

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 27, 2013

~~<p>Charles Totto, executive director of the Honolulu Ethics Commission, like any other attorney, recognizes the importance of precision where words are involved. The words that have been causing a clash between his staff and that of the city Corporation Counsel are &quot;administratively attached.&quot;</p>
<p>Totto has been at odds with the person who heads that office, Donna Leong. Under the City Charter, the commission is administratively attached to Corporation Counsel, the agency that provides legal advice to city agencies. Leong and Totto essentially don't agree what those words should mean.</p>
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Charles Totto, executive director of the Honolulu Ethics Commission, like any other attorney, recognizes the importance of precision where words are involved. The words that have been causing a clash between his staff and that of the city Corporation Counsel are "administratively attached."

Totto has been at odds with the person who heads that office, Donna Leong. Under the City Charter, the commission is administratively attached to Corporation Counsel, the agency that provides legal advice to city agencies. Leong and Totto essentially don't agree what those words should mean. Login for more...



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