HONOLULU— The Honolulu Ethics Commission is investigating allegations of wrongdoing related to a contract that recommended merging the city fire and emergency services departments.
The city awarded the $175,000 contract to a firefighter-affiliated consulting firm after last-minute changes in the selection process in 2010, according to records and interviews.
Ethics Commission Executive Director Charles Totto confirmed Tuesday that an investigation is under way.
“Yes, we are looking into it,” Totto said. “We’re in the early stages.”
Fire Chief Kenneth Silva and department spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig said the contract award was straightforward and appropriate but complicated by the top two bidders being found equally qualified to perform it.