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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             September 30, 2005 Release No. M-74                                                                           

 

HIRATA RETIRES FROM TRANSPORTATION SERVICES POST

 

            Edward Y.  Hirata, director of the City Department of Transportation Services, has retired effective today.

 

“When I convinced Ed to join my cabinet in January, it was initially only for six months,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann. “We twisted his arm to stay on for a few more months. But I’ve always said that family comes first, and his family wants him back full-time.

 

“In the short time he was with us, Ed helped us immensely with rail transit, handled some of this administration’s toughest issues and restored morale at the Department of Transportation Services. We will miss him greatly,” said Hannemann.

 

This was Hirata’s second stint with the City. He started as the director of the Building Department in 1969, for then-brand new Mayor Frank Fasi, and served as head of public works, the Board of Water Supply and as managing director, the No. 2 position in City government.

 

He was president of Honolulu Wood Treating Co., held various executive positions with Hawaiian Electric Co. and as state transportation director. Hirata is also a retired brigadier general, having served 33 years in the Army Reserve.

 

 Until a permanent replacement is appointed, Transportation Services Deputy Director Alfred A. Tanaka will head the department.

 

Tanaka, whom Hannemann appointed deputy in July, has been with the City since 1968, beginning as a civil engineer. He held supervisory and management posts with the Department of Public Works and the Department of Design and Construction since 1991 As chief of special projects for Design and Construction, he developed the program of localized street rehabilitation that the Hannemann administration is employing to catch up on long-neglected road maintenance.

 

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Contact:

Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767

Bill Brennan, 527-6928

 

Friday, September 30, 2005

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