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Those Opposing Nolan Espinda

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We the undersigned STRONGLY OPPOSE the confirmation of Nolan Espinda as the Director of the Department of Public Safety.

Nolan Espinda has promoted and surrounded himself with individuals that lacked the training and experience needed to run a law enforcement agency. Mr. Espinda has placed value on loyalty above competence which is evident by his appointment of Renee Sonobe Hong as deputy director of law enforcement and Albert Cummings as the Sheriff. Neither Ms. Sonobe Hong nor Mr. Cummings has attended a legitimate law enforcement academy and neither can produce a record of ever arresting a violator of the law. Director Espinda has provided a record of spinning the truth and blaming others for the department shortcomings and has even gone so far as covering up complaints that should have been investigated. Director Espinda has condoned employees being less than truthful about their backgrounds, experience, and work histories on their applications for hire and promotion. Under Mr. Espinda’s toxic leadership style, he and his law enforcement administration have constantly refused to produce timely policy and written guidance and have used the CALEA accreditation process as an excuse to not implement policy. Director Espinda has misled the public and the legislature on many topics including the Maui Correctional Facility riot, law enforcement shootings, weapons and equipment matters, and escapes. It’s time to show the legislature that the people of Hawaii do not appreciate being placed in danger and that we the public support the men and women deputies of the Sheriff Division.

Again, we the undersigned STRONGLY OPPOSE the confirmation of Nolan Espinda as the Director of the Department of Public Safety and would like Mr. Espinda, Ms. Sonobe Hong, and Mr. Cummings to be relieved of their duties immediately and replaced with qualified and experienced professionals.

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