Liquor commission administrator resigns

Liquor Administrator Greg Nishioka

KHON2 was first to report in February about undisclosed legal troubles surrounding the head of the Honolulu Liquor Commission.

Greg Nishioka was placed on paid leave pending an investigation.

He is resigning from his post.

The former attorney took the job of Honolulu Liquor administrator in early 2011. That’s just as he was facing a lawsuit from a former client for taking more than $60,000 that he shouldn’t have.

In February, Nishioka surrendered his law license after a separate investigation admitting to 47 counts of misconduct.

Nishioka never told the commission, Mayor’s office, or City Council about this.

In a meeting Thursday, the liquor commission says it accepted Nishioka’s resignation effective Aug. 30.

HLC Chairman Michael Yamaguchi said the commission had no further comment at this time as it is a personnel matter.

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