Police Chief

Acting Police Chief Kenneth Bugado Jr.

As of August 31, 2022, at 4:30 p.m., Deputy Police Chief Kenneth Bugado Jr. is serving as Acting Police Chief until a new police chief is selected by the Hawai’i County Police Commission.

Acting Chief Bugado Jr. previously served as Deputy Police Chief after he was confirmed to the deputy chief’s position by the Hawaiʻi County Police Commission on December 20, 2016, and assumed the role at the close of business on December 30, 2016.

Bugado Jr. has previously served as the captain of the Criminal Intelligence Unit and the Office of Professional Standards.

He joined Hawaiʻi Police Department in February 1989. During his career, he worked as a patrol officer and sergeant, Criminal Intelligence Unit detective, and lieutenant in the Administrative Services Division, where he managed the Police Department’s Accreditation Section.