Esperanza and Okamoto promoted to MPD deputy chief roles | News, Sports, Jobs

Randy Esperanza has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Investigative Services and Gregg Okamoto has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Support Services for the Maui Police Department.

Esperanza joined the department in 1996, working in the Molokai Patrol District for a year, followed by assignments in the Lahaina Patrol District and the Vice Narcotics Division. When he was promoted to sergeant, he returned to Molokai for three years, then worked as a detective in the Criminal Investigations and Internal Affairs Division.

As a lieutenant, his assignments included the Community Relations Section, the Kihei Patrol District, and the Criminal Investigations Division, where he oversaw the Property Crimes Unit. As a captain, he was the commander of the Technical Services Unit and Kihei Patrol District before his last assignment to the Criminal Investigation Division.

He and his wife, Mimi, have seven children and two grandchildren.


Okamoto joined the department in 1997, working in the patrol districts of Wailuku, Molokai and Lahaina. He was a school resource officer at Maui High School, his alma mater. As a sergeant, he worked in the Molokai Patrol District, then as a detective in the Criminal Investigations and Internal Affairs Division. He was also a member of the Special Intervention Team. He oversaw the Domestic Violence Unit before being promoted.

As a lieutenant, he worked in the narcotics vice division before taking command assignments in the plans and training section, the communications section and the community relations section, where he also served as as the department’s public information officer. When he was promoted to captain, he was commander of the Molokai Patrol District prior to his final assignment to the Quality Assurance Section under the Chief’s Office.

He and his wife, Kat, have five children.

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