Sunshine Memo 11-8
Internal Working Group Status as Board
Requester asked whether an internal working group
formed from employees of the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) and
the Honolulu Emergency Services Department (HESD) (the Working Group)
by the Fire Chief and HESD Director to identify issues, challenges
and benefits of a potential merger of the two departments is a “board”
subject to the Sunshine Law. OIP found that the Working Group is
not a “board” under the Sunshine Law because it was
not created by constitution, statute, rule, or executive order.
Although the Mayor directed the Fire Chief and HESD
Director to explore a possible merger and make a recommendation,
he did not issue an executive order nor did he require that the
exploration be done by creation of a working group.