You Really Can’t Make this S**t Up: Honolulu’s Next Police Chief may be Selected by Mrs. Dog the Bounty Hunter

The Honolulu Police Commission Chairman, Max Sword, has proposed putting Beth Chapman on the five-person citizen’s panel that is to assess candidates for the open police chief job. Beth Chapman is the wife of Duane Chapman, better known as “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”

According to Sword, “She deals with the police department almost every day. … She’s on the other side of the table, so to speak…”

Jesus Christ, really? That’s your reason? It doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that your wife, Mona Wood-Sword, used to be Chapman’s publicist?

And Chapman doesn’t really fit in with the other nominees, which include a retired state judge, a retired police chief, an active family court judge, a retired FBI supervisory special agent, a former mayor, a business VP, a CFO of a business, CEO of a non-profit, member of Crime Victim Commission, a business owner, a state representative, a former cop-attorney,* and Chapman.

Honolulu needs to select the best chief possible, especially since the last chief “retired” while under a federal probe into police corruption, after having been on paid administrative leave for about a month.

So Chapman is supposed to be representative of the citizenry of Honolulu?

  • Her husband, Duane, was convicted of murder in Texas in 1976 and did 18 months of a five year sentence. He was later charged by Mexico with their equivalent of kidnapping, but successfully avoided being extradited to that country.
  • The State of Hawaii is suing Chapman’s bail bond company for money the company allegedly owes to the state.

There’s more, but you get the idea.

Thankfully, there may have been a problem in the Commission’s actions to the point that they will have to start over, perhaps without Chapman this time.


*Which is an outstanding combination for any selection board, not that I’m biased in any way…

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