Audit requested as city ethics commission names acting executive director

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There’s been a lot of turmoil at the Honolulu Ethics Commission recently, and now there’s a request for an audit of the commission.

We’ve been following several developments with the commission, including the resignation of executive director Chuck Totto.

There’s also a lawsuit filed by Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, alleging they were unfairly targeted by the commission.

Honolulu City Councilman Trevor Ozawa says the audit would help determine the roles of the commission’s executive director and the commissioners. The measure will be heard at a committee meeting later this summer.

“That way, again, we can instill public trust moving forward and create a very clear role between the two entities,” Ozawa said. “Hopefully we can get to the bottom of this and see what we can do to make it a better process.”

Meanwhile, the commission announced Friday its acting executive director.

Laurie Wong-Nowinski is a previous commission employee who resigned under Totto’s leadership.

“We are happy to have her expertise and know-how and look forward to her hitting the ground running,” the commission said in a statement.

Wong-Nowinski rejoins the commission Aug. 1.

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