Council unanimously confirms majority of mayor’s cabinet picks _ hawaii tribune-herald

With the unanimous confirmation Thursday of seven department chiefs, the County Council gave its stamp of approval to the majority of Mayor Harry Kim’s new Cabinet.

With so many new department leaders, each with their own opinion, Kim is pushing compromise. Hawaiin vacations He said the public’s voice also will be taken into account, a sentiment echoed one by one as each nominee addressed the council.

Council members praised the blend of new and old faces, and the practice of pairing government newcomers with deputies who are professionals seasoned with institutional knowledge.


“I think we had a great opportunity to voice some of the concerns of the community and our appreciation for the level of experience and knowledge of the appointees,” said Council Chairwoman Valerie Poindexter. Tour hawaii “I think overall the council felt very excited and very hopeful looking forward to positive outcomes.”

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• Planning Director Michael Yee, formerly senior director of Housing Operations for the Seattle YWCA, stressed that his experience gave him a good understanding of cultural differences in planning. Hawaii vacation sites Yee’s grandparents and father moved to Oahu in the 1930s, and his wife is a “Hilo girl,” but Yee is new to the Big Island.

• Finance Director Collins Tomei, formerly branch manager of the Hilo branch of Territorial Savings Bank, also is new to government, but he selected a popular deputy — former Finance Director Deanna Sako. A trip to hawaii Tomei had worked as a private-sector banker since 1984. Airfare to hawaii He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

• Research and Development Director Diane Ley, formerly the Hawaii state executive director for the U.S. Hawaiian island tour packages Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in Hawaii and the Pacific Basin, previously served as deputy director of the county department. Flight and hotel to hawaii packages Prior to that, she was the deputy to the chairperson of the state Board of Agriculture. Hawaii flights and accommodation packages She also operated a vegetable farm in Volcano and was an administrative assistant with the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation.

• Information and Technology Director Jules Ung is a former IT and events manager at Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii. Hawaii vacation packages for 2 Ung worked as an independent contractor since February, including on projects such as the EnVision Maunakea website, which seeks to nurture civil conversations in the community about the future of the mountain.

• Public Works Director Frank DeMarco, a licensed professional engineer, served a short stint as former Mayor Billy Kenoi’s Environmental Management director in 2010 and 2011. Tours of hawaii packages He’s had worked with the county since 2007, working primarily with the DPW’s floodplain management program since February 2008. Places to vacation in hawaii He returned to DPW and retired in 2014. Flight and hotel to hawaii Before that, he was employed 26 years by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board.

• Parks and Recreation Director Charmaine Kamaka served in the same post under former Mayor Lorraine Inouye and returns under Kim. Travel hawaii packages Kamaka most recently served as Health and Safety Division personnel program specialist in the county Department of Human Resources before retiring after 20 years in county government.

• Environmental Management Director Bill Kucharski has master’s degree in civil and chemical engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and has more than 40 years public service experience, including as secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality for the state of Louisiana and program director for the Environmental Claims process for Kuwait against Iraq for damages from the 1989 invasion.