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MPD’s Clayton Tom Selected as Deputy Police Chief

June 3, 2009, 12:20 PM HST
* Updated January 6, 11:19 AM
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In one of his first decisions since becoming Police Chief, Gary Yabuta announced his selection for Deputy.  26-year-police veteran and Assistant Chief Clayton Tom was named to the post.

Photo Courtesy:  Maui Police Department

Photo Courtesy: Maui Police Department

Tom’s current assignment is A.C. of the Support Services Bureau which includes general administrative support and internal control functions for the Communications Section; Plans, Training Research & Development, and the Information Technology Sections. He is also a 2007 graduate of the esteemed FBI National Academy.

In addition to academy training, Tom also received certification as a rappel master, firearms instructor, and defensive tactics instructor.

The new Deputy Chief joined the MPD on August 16, 1982 as part of the 30th Recruit Class.  Previous assignments included work as a Captain for the Criminal Investigation Division; three years as captain with the Chief’s office; Lieutenant work with the Communications, Vice, Criminal Investigation, and Special Response Team; and assignments in various districts throughout his career including Lahaina, Wailuku, Lanai, and Molokai.

Tom is also a 1980 graduate of Kamehameha schools, Kapalama, and a member of the Waihee Community Association.  He is married to Pamela; they have three children, sons Corey and Kawena and daughter Kehaulani.


Clayton Tom’s promotion to Deputy Chief will take effect on July 1st.


In making the announcement, Chief Yabuta said, “Due to his dedication and leadership, soon to be Deputy Chief Tom has been a tremendous asset to this department throughout his career, coupled with a deep sense of knowledge of the historical aspect of the community and its culture.”

Mayor Charmaine Tavares’ responded to the promotion saying, “I’m pleased that Assistant Chief Tom will be able to bring valuable experience spanning over 26 years with the Maui Police Department to such an important leadership position. Both he and Police Chief Yabuta will serve our community exceptionally well and I look forward to working with them both.”


(By Wendy OSHER ©2009; Photo courtesy, Maui Police Department)

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