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Susan Halas

Susan Halas is a Senior Political Contributor at MAUIWatch. She has followed Hawaii politics since 1976 when she moved to the Valley Isle. She was formerly a staff writer for the Maui News as well as other local print and digital publications.

Wong Resigns, Lutey Nominated for Corporation Counsel Post

Veteran county litigator Moana Lutey was nominated on Tuesday by Maui Mayor Victorino to serve as Corporation Counsel, the county’s top legal job. If confirmed by the County Council she will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Patrick Wong, and will be the first woman in the county’s history to hold the office. Lutey, 52, has been a …

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Council Unanimously Confirms Guzman as Prosecuting Attorney

The Maui County Council unanimously confirmed Donald S. Guzman to head the office of Prosecuting Attorney at its regular meeting of April 5, 2019 by a vote of 9-0. Guzman comes to the office with extensive legal and public service background. An attorney by training he served as a Maui deputy prosecutor from mid 2000 to mid 2005; he went …

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G.E.T Committee approves Guzman nomination for Prosecuting Attorney

The nomination of Donald S. Guzman to head the Office of Prosecuting Attorney was approved today by a vote of 8 to 0 (with member Hokama excused) at a morning meeting of the Maui County Council’s Governance, Ethics and Transparency Committee (GET). The nomination will now move to the full council. Today’s sparsely attended meeting was a continuation of the …

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THEY’RE BACK: Kim, Spence & Goode Temporarily Teappointed, Again.

Less than three days after they were disapproved by the Maui County Council, Mayor Victorino has re-appointed David Goode, Will Spence and John Kim to be temporary acting interim directors of the departments they formerly headed until replacements to fill the top county jobs can be found. Victorino announced February 25th that he has appointed John Kim as temporary interim …

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Council Confirmations: IT’S NOT OVER ‘TIL IT’S OVER

What a long strange trip it’s been. The Maui County Council took the final vote on the Mayor’s Victorino’s 11 nominees to head county departments on Friday, February 22nd. The surprise finish saw Dave Goode, longtime head of Public Works ousted and two-term Corporation Counsel Patrick Wong confirmed once again. The vote proved that it’s not over until it’s over, …

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End of nominations: GET votes Approval for Goode; Disapproval for Spence

Goode: 5 Yes, 3 No, 1 Excused David Goode, Mayor Victorino’s nominee to continue as Director of Public Works passed the council’s Governance, Ethics and Transparency (GET) Committee on Feb. 7  by a vote of 5 to 3 with one excused. It is expected to go to the full council later this month. On a motion for approval voting YES …

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Wong goes down, McLean survives as County Council votes on Mayor’s nominees

Patrick Wong, acting Maui Corporation Counsel was rejected by the GET Committee of the Maui County Council by a vote of 5 to 4 (NO: Sinenci, King, Rawlins-Fernandez, Paltin, Kama; YES: Molina, Lee, Hokama, Sugimura). Wong, who served in the post for the last eight years during the Arakawa administration has a long been a controversial figure in county government. …

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Recapping the Mayor’s Department Head Nominees, Fireworks likely ahead for the last four

The review of Mayor Victorino’s nominees to head the different county departments has been a difficult and time consuming process. Public testimony and council discussion has been conducted since last month in the nine member council committee on Government, Ethics and Transparency (GET) chaired by councilmember Mike Molina. Their recommendations will be forwarded to the full council. The date for …

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Rawlins-Fernandez & Molina Snare Top Spots as Council Names Committee Chairs

Though attendance was sparse, it was quite a day at the Maui County Council’s January 11th meeting. Organizing of the legislative body continued as committee assignments were handed out for the council’s eight standing committees. Snaring the top spots were freshman Keani Rawlins-Fernandez who was selected to chair Economic Development & Budget Committee, while Mike Molina was picked to head …

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