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January 13, 2005

 

MAYOR ANNOUNCES  APPOINTMENTS, REVIEWS

 

            Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced the following appointments:

 

·        James Pacopac to the Charter Review Commission.

·        Joyce Oliveira as his executive assistant and liaison with the Honolulu City Council.

·        Paul Yonamine as his senior advisor.  

 

            Pacopac’s name will be submitted to the Honolulu City Council. With Council approval of his appointment, the Charter Review Commission will be fully constituted, and can begin its required review of the City Charter, the basic legal framework for city government.

 

            The Charter Review Commission includes six members appointed by former Mayor Jeremy Harris and six members appointed by the City Council. A 13th member was required, but no action was taken to fill that position.

 

            Hannemann intends that post to be filled by Pacopac, who has long been active in the labor and construction industries. Pacopac is the legislative liaison and business development officer for the Pacific Resource Partnership, the joint program of the Hawaii Carpenters Union and more than 200 contractors.  He was previously safety and equal employment opportunity officer with Pan-Pacific Construction. He is a graduate of Central Washington University and has coached and directed many youth sports teams and programs over the years.

 

            Oliveira will be the mayor’s legislative liaison with the City Council. She was formerly senior advisor to Council member Donna Mercado Kim and is currently senior advisor to Council member Romy Cachola.  

 

            “As I said in my inauguration speech, I intend to work with the Council as co-leaders of our city government,” Hannemann said. “That is why I asked Joyce to be my point person with the Council. Her long experience there has earned her wide respect and unsurpassed experience with Council members and issues.”

 

            Yonamine is the executive vice president for Asia and the Pacific for Bearing Point, the consulting arm of the giant KPMG firm. He will serve as a “dollar-a-year” senior advisor to the mayor who will use his global ties to seek economic opportunities for Honolulu. In addition, Yonamine has already begun working on the Mayor’s Review, a comprehensive management assessment of city operations involving teams of blue-ribbon business and community leaders.  The review is similar to the massive and widely acclaimed California Performance Review. The Mayor’s Review is expected to be completed in two years.

 

            “We are taking a fresh, critical look at every facet of city government with the Mayor’s Review,” said Hannemann.  “The Charter Review Commission will be asked to take its initial recommendations and make the changes necessary to improve city organization and operations for the benefit of all of us. The result should be greater efficiency and improved service throughout the city.”

 

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Thursday, January 13, 2005

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