Hawaii Police Chief Kubojiri Promotes Four to Rank of Lieutenant

Chief Harry Kubojiri has promoted four individuals to the rank of lieutenant.
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Lieutenant Juergen Canda is now assigned to the South Kohala District in Waimea. He joined the Police Department as a radio dispatcher in October 1992 before becoming a police officer in September 1996. His assignments have taken him to Hāmākua, South Hilo and Puna as a patrol officer, to the Area I and Area II Criminal Investigations Sections as a detective and back to Puna as a sergeant.

Lieutenant James Gusman is assigned to South Hilo patrol. Gusman, who joined the Hawaiʻi Police Department in September 1995, has worked as a patrol officer in Kaʻū and South Hilo, a sergeant in Kaʻū, and a detective first in the Area I Vice Section and, most recently, in the Area I Juvenile Aid Section.

Lieutenant Alan Kimura is also assigned to South Hilo Patrol. Kimura most recently served as a detective in the Office of Professional Standards (formerly known as Internal Affairs). Before that, he worked as a police officer in Hāmākua and South Hilo. He joined the Police Department in November 1994.

Lieutenant Allan Watanabe is assigned to the North Hilo district in Laupāhoehoe. His previous assignments were in Kaʻū and Puna as a police officer and in South Hilo as a sergeant. He joined the Police Department in December 1990.

The promotions took effect September 1.

Shan Tsutsui Accepts Lieutenant Governor Position

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced that former state Senate President Shan S. Tsutsui has accepted the position of Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, effective immediately under the order of succession. The office was vacated yesterday by the appointment of former Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to the U.S. Senate.

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“Shan’s acceptance reflects this administration’s commitment to represent all the people of Hawaii as a statewide community, not one that is Oahu-centric,”said Gov. Abercrombie. “As demonstrated during his time in the Legislature and most recently as Senate President, Shan is extremely effective in bringing various parties together to benefit all the people of Hawaii.”

“The decision to leave the state Senate was not a choice I made lightly, but I am eager to make a meaningful contribution to the future of Hawaii as Lt. Governor,”Tsutsui said. “There is much work to be done in the Senate, but I have full confidence in my colleagues at the Legislature. I look forward to working with them this session in my new role.”

Plans are underway to establish an additional Office of the Lt. Governor on Maui, expanding the office’s reach and accessibility to all island communities. The Office of the Lt. Governor will continue to conduct business in the State Capitol in Honolulu.

“In the past, Neighbor Island elected officials might have thought they had to move to Honolulu in order to serve,”Gov. Abercrombie said. “In my view, this may no longer be necessary, especially as technology brings us closer together and the state’s IT transformation plan affords greater opportunities to conduct state business from all islands.”

Tsutsui served as the 12th Senate President of Hawaii. He is the first Senate President from Maui as well as the youngest. Elected to the Senate in 2002 to represent Hawaii’s 4th senatorial district, his previous leadership positions included the Vice Chair of Ways and Means and Majority Caucus Leader.

Tsutsui graduated from Maui High School in 1989 and earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Hawaii in 1994. He and his wife, Lyndelle Lee Tsutsui, reside on Maui with their three daughters, Mikayla, Kaylee and Kenna.