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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 prosecuting attorney until March 1. He has appointed William Spence as temporary interim director of the Department of Housing and Human Concerns until March 17, and David Goode as temporary interim director of the Department of Public Works.

Pursuant to Article 6, Section 6-2(4), “the mayor shall have the authority to appoint, on a temporary basis, an administrative head of any department, provided that such department is one where the administrative head is appointed by the mayor.”

“I have some people in mind already to fill some of these director positions; I’m still searching for other appointees,” Victorino said. “I am taking the time, permitted under the Maui County Charter, to interview candidates for these positions. When I have found new, qualified candidates, who share my vision of delivering outstanding customer service to the people of Maui County, I will nominate them for director positions.”

Excerpt from the County Charter: Article 6, Section 6-2 (2019 Edition)

5. Within sixty (60) days of taking office, or within sixty (60) days after a vacancy is created, the mayor shall appoint the managing director, corporation counsel, prosecuting attorney, director of finance, director of public works, director of parks and recreation, planning director, director of housing and human concerns, director of water supply, director of transportation, and director of environmental management, with written notice of the appointment to the council. The council shall confirm or deny the appointment within sixty (60) days after receiving notice of the appointment by the mayor. If the council does not act within the 60-day period, the appointment shall be deemed to be confirmed. The appointee shall take office upon appointment by the mayor but shall not continue in office if the council denies the appointment. If the appointment is denied by the council, the mayor shall make a new appointment within sixty (60) days of the council’s denial, and the council shall confirm or deny within sixty (60) days after receiving notice of the new appointment by the mayor. If the council does not act within the 60-day period, the appointment shall be deemed to be confirmed. (Amended 2016, 1992, 1984)

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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.

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