Retired Honolulu Police Chief Douglas Gibb was remembered tonight as a strong leader, a visionary and maverick, but also as a good friend and family man.
He was known for enhancing interagency cooperation and being attentive to the needs of his officers and the community.
As a captain, Gibb was instrumental in Operation Hukilau, which set up fake storefronts where undercover officers bought stolen goods, leading to the prosecution of 500 burglary, theft and robbery cases.
Mayor Peter Carlisle called Gibb a “maverick, someone who takes an independent streak,” citing Operatio Hukilau as an example.
“He changed the lives of many people,” Carlisle said. “But for him I would not have become the mayor of Honolulu,” adding that Gibb volunteered to be his campaign manager in his run for city prosecutor.