Councilmember Pine’s Statement regarding HPD Police Chief Susan Ballard

We would like to congratulate Honolulu Police Maj. Susan Ballard on being selected to serve as the 11th police Chief, and first female leader, of our Honolulu Police Department. This is a tremendous accomplishment for our women in law enforcement, and a testament to Maj. Ballard’s record since she started on the force in 1985. As a member of the Hawaii Women’s Legislative Caucus, I am so happy and proud to be a leader in a City that selected their first female police Chief. This historic moment could not come at a better time for our City. We have so many public safety issues that we are working hard to solve and our police department needs a new era and who better to bring that to the community than a dedicated officer who has been on the job for more than three decades. We wish her and the new leadership team nothing but the best. I look forward to working with Chief Ballard to support her efforts to ensure that Oahu is a safe place for our families and visitors