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September 14, 2004





Mayor Jeremy Harris today announced that Cheryl D. Soon is leaving as head of the City's Department of Transportation Services to accept a position in the private sector. 


She joined the City in January of 1995 as Chief Planning Officer and moved over to become the City's Director of the Department of Transportation Services in 1997.  Soon, who earned a Masters Degree in City Planning from Harvard University in 1975, was inducted into the American Institute of Certified Planners as a Fellow last year.


Mayor Harris issued the following statement: "Cheryl Soon has provided outstanding service to the citizens of Honolulu in both her Cabinet-level positions.  She has achieved national prominence as a superb government executive, and will leave her mark on our city for years to come.


"During her tenure, she had a major impact on Oahu's mass transit system, to include providing the leadership that earned TheBus recognition as the best bus system in North America.  Because of Cheryl, there are now transit centers at Kapolei and Waipahu and hundreds of new bus shelters across our island.  She led the program that expanded our bus fleet, put a new maintenance facility on the ground, and she was the driving force behind the implementation of the hub and spoke and an expanded express system that have made bus service more efficient.


"Cheryl takes with her over a quarter century of executive experience in planning, transportation and urban development.  These include projects in Hawaii, New York, Massachusetts and Puerto Rico.  Before she came to us, she headed the Highway Division in the State's Department of Transportation.


"One of her many accomplishments has been the development of a strong staff, and I am pleased to announce that her deputy, George "Keoki" Miyamoto, will succeed her as head of the Department of Transportation Services.  I'm also happy to announce that Bob Fishman, our former Managing Director, has agreed to step in as the deputy director until the end of my term.


"Keoki Miyamoto is a Civil Engineer who brings 28 years of government experience to his new position.  That includes about 20 years with the State on projects that included construction management on major projects such as the H-3 tunnel.  He has been a member of our team since 1997 when he joined us as an executive assistant in the Managing Director's Office.


"Bob Fishman has served under four governors, been the City's Managing Director (1994-1998), and Chief Executive Officer of the Hawaii Tourism Authority--a position that was interrupted when he was called to active duty as an Army Reserve colonel after the events of September 11, 2001.  He served as senior advisor on Homeland Security to the Chief of the Army Reserve in Washington.  Bob has consulted on corporate development with major firms in the private sector, to include Perot Systems.  I'm happy to welcome him to the City team once again."






Tuesday, September 14, 2004

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