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Mayor Victorino to announce decision in Corporation Counsel leadership

Patrick Wong (PC: County of Maui)

Mayor Michael Victorino will announce his decision Tuesday regarding leadership in the Department of the Corporation Counsel.

A news conference will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the ninth floor Mayor’s Conference Room in the Kalana O Maui Building in Wailuku.

“I have yet to see the attorney general’s report declining to prosecute Patrick Wong,” Mayor Victorino said. “However, I’ve been informed that a report has been issued to the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney. On Monday, I will discuss this with Prosecuting Attorney Don Guzman, and I will announce my decision regarding corporation counsel on Tuesday.

“I have been concerned, first and foremost, about the well-being of the complainant in this case,” Mayor Victorino said. “Domestic violence is intolerable. To remove any question of conflict of interest, I committed that my administration would not be involved in determining the prosecution of this matter. Police did a thorough investigation, which was forwarded to the state attorney general. I have been informed that the AG declined prosecution, based on the evidence.

“Now, I’m confident that due process has been served, and I look forward to finally achieving closure in this matter.”

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