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Lynn E. Panagakos
Attorney for Corporation Counsel Donna Leong
Phone: (808) 697-2364
The Department of Justice issued a target letter to Corporation Counsel Donna
Leong, who has been a leader in our legal community for decades. She is an
attorney of great integrity, who gave up a very successful career in the private
sector to accept Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s call to return to public service as
Corporation Counsel. As Corporation Counsel, she serves as the Chief Legal
Adviser not only to the Mayor, but also to the City Council and all City agencies,
boards, commissions, officers, and employees.
It is my understanding that the Department of Justice’s investigation relates to
$250,000 paid to former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha under the terms of
his agreement to retire from the Honolulu Police Department, City and County of
Honolulu, through its Honolulu Police Commission. I believe the evidence will
show that this payment was properly authorized and processed. Ms. Leong’s
involvement in this matter was within the course and scope of her duties as
Corporation Counsel, and she performed her duties, as she always does, lawfully,
conscientiously, and to the best of her ability. I look forward to Ms. Leong being