Chief Harry Kubojiri has promoted Captain James O’Connor to police major effective October 16.
O’Connor, who is now in charge of the Internal Affairs and Criminal Intelligence Units, will be assigned to Area II Operations in West Hawai?i.
On the same date, Major Randy Apele, now assigned to Area II Operations, will transfer to Area I Operations in East Hawai?i.
O’Connor is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Some of his past assignments include patrol sergeant in Waimea, police lieutenant in charge of the Records and Identification Section, commander of the Special Response Team and police captain in charge of the Ka?? District.
He joined the Hawai?i Police Department in 1993. He is married to Desiree Cruz, a locally-known singer and assistant to Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi.