State roundup for February 21


UH advertises for new leader

HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii is advertising for a new president.

The university said Wednesday print and online advertisements will appear in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Midweek and Pacific Business News in Hawaii. Nationally, the ads will appear in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Board of Regents presidential selection committee has been gathering suggestions and input on the president position for the past six months. The university says the committee plans to continue gathering feedback on each campus through the spring.

Those interested in applying or nominating candidates may write: presidentialsearch@hawaii.edu.

Chief Information Officer David Lassner is serving as interim president during the search.

Maui police aim to fill 29 jobs

WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — The Maui Police Department needs to fill more than two dozen civilian positions, mostly for radio dispatchers. It’s the largest vacancy the department has seen in about six years, police officials said.

Of the 29 civilian vacancies, 15 are for radio dispatchers.

MPD Business Administrator Greg Takahashi said it’s difficult to find and retain dispatchers. The job requires six months of training.

“We have at least 40 applicants, though, so the interest is good,” he said, but added some later find out that the job isn’t for them. One dispatcher resigned earlier this month. A group of dispatchers are beginning their training in the coming months and three applicants are being interviewed next week, officials said.

“We’re kind of hurting,” Takahashi told the police commission Wednesday. The department has lost nearly 6 percent of its employees recently because of retirement and other circumstances, he said.

The commission meeting also included updates in other areas, including the uniformed police ranks. Ten officers were added from a recruit class in November and about 20 recruits now undergoing training are expected to graduate in May, officials said.

Takahashi provided a presentation on the department’s 2014 budget, which includes more than $1 million to purchase 26 police vehicles and about $60,000 for 10 mobile traffic cameras.

The department is reviewing bids for the vehicles: 15 marked police cars, six unmarked cars, three marked police sport utility vehicles and two unmarked SUVs, Takahashi said.

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