FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 2, 2003
MAYOR HARRIS ANNOUNCES KEY APPOINTMENTS
Mayor Jeremy Harris today announced four key appointments within his administration. Gerry Silva, currently the Special Assistant to the Director of the Customer Services Department will become that department’s deputy director. He will replace Patricia Nekoba who will return to the Department of Education within a few weeks. Barbara Kim Stanton, who currently heads the City’s Office of Waikiki Development, will become the Deputy Director of the Department of Planning and Permitting. She replaces Loretta Chee, who retired at the end of last year.
Joseph M. Magaldi, Jr., who is currently an executive assistant to the City Managing Director, will replace Ms. Kim Stanton. Outgoing Councilmember Steve Holmes will replace Magaldi in the executive assistant position and will coordinate the City’s Energy Conservation Program and the development of the City’s Sustainability Master Plan.
Mayor Harris commented, “Throughout his 12 years of service on the City Council, Steve Holmes has been a champion of the environment and energy excellence. Last August, his achievements in energy conservation were recognized nationally when the U.S. Department of Energy honored him with the 2002 Rebuild America Energy Champion Award. His work on incorporating energy efficiency standards into the building code is expected to save the people of Oahu millions over the next 20 years.”
Mayor Harris continued, “I also have a great deal of confidence in Barbara Kim Stanton. She has done a superb job in working with the Waikiki community. Before that, she held a number of key positions in State government. Those include Deputy Director of the State’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, CEO of the State’s High Technology Development Corporation, and Deputy Director of the Department of Budget and Finance.
“Joe Magaldi is a distinguished military veteran with years of experience in City government. Transportation is one of the keys to our continuing revitalization of Waikiki. As a former Director of the City’s Department of Transportation Services, Joe brings a wealth of experience to his new position.
“As Chief of Staff of the Hawaii Army National Guard for over a decade, Gerry Silva acquired a great deal of executive experience which he brings to his new job. Except for an 11-month leave of absence to coordinate the 2001 Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank, Gerry has spent most of the last six years with the City’s Customer Services Department.”