Senate confirms attorney general, public safety director

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State senators unanimously voted Thursday to confirm Douglas Chin as attorney general of the Department of Attorney General.

“Mr. Chin brings to the State extensive and meaningful legal experience in public and private practice,” said Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran (D, 5th District), chair of the Judiciary and Labor committee. “He has demonstrated the capacity to manage people and to grasp complex legal and challenging community issues. All of these traits and qualities will help him serve as a successful Attorney General.”

Chin most recently served as Managing Partner at Carlsmith Ball since 2013. He previously spent 12 years with the Honolulu prosecuting attorney’s office.

“This is a huge honor and I’m really looking forward to getting back to public service and serve all the citizens of the State of Hawaii,” said Chin.

Senators also voted by unanimous consent to confirm Nolan Espinda as director of the Department of Public Safety.

“His thirty two years of service to the State are an indication of his dedication to public service and he has demonstrated excellent leadership skills,” said Sen. Will Espero (D, 19th District), chair of the Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee. “Testimony in support of his nomination indicates that he has a proven track record of accountability and possesses a deep understanding of the challenges facing the Department of Public Safety.”

Espinda said he was relieved to have the confirmation process behind him and was looking forward to getting down to the business of running the department.

“We want to make sure we standardize all the operations of our institutions, continue the good practices that are in place, expand them to other places, and deal directly and quickly with operations and practices that can use improving, and there are a lot of them,” said Espinda.

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