HONOLULU — After about an hour of deliberation following a final day of testimony, the Honolulu Police Commission selected Arthur Joe Logan as the new leader of the Honolulu Police Department.

In announcing his selection, Honolulu Police Commission chair Shannon Alivado pointed out there were still some steps needed before it's official.

“For the record, it is a conditional offer,” she said. “Mr. Logan, or candidate Logan, needs to go through some medical clearance and with respect to any other requirements before he is officially accepted into the position.”

Logan is a retired Army major general who also served as the head of the Hawaii National Guard. He is currently an investigator with the Hawaii Attorney General’s office. Logan also served as the head of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. He held that position during the false missile alert and answered questions about what he’d learned as a result of that event. Logan emphasized his desire to work with under-represented communities and his experience in the Hawaii National Guard.

Mayor Rick Blangiardi congratulated Logan and thanked the police commission and Acting Chief Rade Vancic — who removed his name from the list of potential candidates — in a statement to the press on Monday.

“Chief Logan steps into this important role at a critical time, and I offer my warm congratulations to both he and his family on being named the next leader of the Honolulu Police Department. Building back public trust and restoring morale within HPD need to be top priorities, and I look forward to sitting down with Chief Logan as soon as possible to discuss his vision for this crucial task.”

The other candidates were Scott Ebner, a retired New Jersey state police lieutenant colonel; Mike Lambert, a major with HPD who currently heads up the department’s Training Division; and Ben Moszkowicz, who is also a major with HPD and currently heads up the department’s Traffic Division.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to include statements by commissioner Alivado, details on Logan’s work experience and Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s statement. (May 23, 2022)

Lianne Bidal Thompson is a digital producer, writing about community and general news for Spectrum News Hawaii.