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Gov Announces New Deputy Director for Public Safety Department

November 6, 2020, 8:10 AM HST
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Jordan Lowe

Jordan Lowe has been appointed to serve as the Deputy Director for Law Enforcement in the Department of Public Safety.

Lowe took up the post on Thursday. One of his biggest tasks will be to bring about the accreditation of the Department of Public Safety Sheriff Division through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA).

“Jordan has decades of experience in federal and state law enforcement. I am confident in his ability to provide effective leadership for PSD’s Law Enforcement Division during these critical times, and I believe he will serve the department and our state well,” said Gov. David Ige.

Lowe most recently worked at the Honolulu Department of Prosecuting Attorney as the Chief Investigator for the Investigative Services Division.

“I look forward to joining the Department of Public Safety and providing a positive impact for the department’s Law Enforcement Division,” said Lowe.

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The current Deputy Director for Law Enforcement, Renee Sonobe Hong, has transitioned to her new position at the Department of the Attorney General where she will now serve as the supervising deputy attorney general for the Criminal Justice Division.

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“Jordan brings a broad-based foundation and commitment to law enforcement. I’m confident he will satisfy the CALEA requirements and ensure completion of this national accreditation of our Sheriff Division,” says Fred Hyun, PSD Acting Director.

Jordan began his 39 years of public service as an internal auditor for the Office of Regional Inspector and conducted operational reviews for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He subsequently became a Special Agent with the Criminal Investigation Division for the IRS and conducted complex financial investigations.

Jordan transferred to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives where he served as a Certified Explosives Specialist, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) lead agent, High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force Commander, Assistant Team Leader for Crisis Negotiation – Special Response Team, and Team Leader at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Thailand. Jordan retired from the Bureau as the Resident Agent in Charge of the Honolulu Field Office and the Hawaiʻi County Office.

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After retiring from federal service, Jordan came full circle and began working for the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Taxation (DOTAX) as a Supervisory Special Agent for the Criminal Investigation Section. Upon his departure from DOTAX as the Chief Special Agent, Jordan joined the Honolulu Department of Prosecuting Attorney as the Chief Investigator for the Investigative Services Division.

The Public Safety Department deputy director appointments are not subject to Senate confirmation.

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