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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 January 9, 2006

Release M-3-06






            Following the retirements of Transportation Services  Director Edward Hirata and Customer Services Director Salvatore Lanzilotti, Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that he is making several changes in his administration.


            Hannemann said, “We’re very sorry to see the departures of Ed Hirata and Sal Lanzilotti. They were very much a part of the success that we enjoyed as a team during our first year.  While we’ll miss their experience and counsel, I know my entire cabinet wishes them well in their retirement endeavors.”


            The changes are as follows:


·       Managing Director Jeff J. Coelho will assume the directorship of the Department of Customer Services and become the mayor’s executive advisor and personal representative.


The mayor said, “Jeff has proven to be an exceptional communicator of my administration’s public policies and initiatives and a trusted advisor, and we will continue to utilize his skills in these areas.  His people skills are nonpareil and I know the public will see a definite improvement in our customer services operations.”


·       Wayne M. Hashiro, currently director of the Department of Design and Construction, will become managing director.


            “Wayne Hashiro has done a phenomenal job of running one of the more complex City agencies,” Hannemann said. “He has put into practice my dictum of demanding accountability in the expenditure of public funds.  Wayne’s engineering and construction background will be very effective in meeting our commitment to providing basic City services.”


            “Jeff Coelho, Wayne Hashiro, and Deputy Managing Director Trudi Saito will form the nucleus of my senior management team.  With one year under our belt, we’re expanding upon the issues and priorities we’ve identified.  Our management philosophy will always be based on producing results and benefits; the pace and style I’ve chosen to implement these changes call for a team approach.”


            In addition, the mayor announced these cabinet appointments:


·     Melvin N. Kaku will be director of the Department of Transportation Services.  Kaku is the director of environmental planning for the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Division.  He was the lead civil engineer for Guam’s Typhoon Pamela restoration and twice led buildups of the Navy’s base in Diego Garcia.  His recent environmental planning included the Ford Island Bridge, relocation of naval units from Barbers Point to Kaneohe Bay, the USS Missouri Memorial, and a number of other major projects in Hawaii and overseas.  The Hilo native is an alumnus of the University of Hawaii and has a degree in civil engineering.


·     Richard F. Schiavoni will be director of the Department of Design and Construction.  Schiavoni was most recently chief of the Far East Engineering Division for the U.S. Army Engineer District, overseeing a $500 million engineering and construction program in support of U.S. forces in Korea.  He held numerous managerial and technical positions during his more than 30 years with the federal government and military.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Hawaii.


            Said Hannemann, “Mr. Kaku and Mr. Schiavoni have enjoyed distinguished engineering careers with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, respectively.  We’re very proud and fortunate that they’re willing to join the City and County of Honolulu and bring their years of experience and know-how to meeting the challenges we face in transportation and transit planning, and in overseeing our extensive capital improvements program.  They’ll bring with them the best practices they acquired during their work in the federal government.”


            Joan A. Manke, presently senior advisor for the Department of Customer Services, has been named executive secretary of the Neighborhood Commission.


            The mayor said, “Joan Manke has done an excellent job as the number-two person in the Department of Customer Services and was outstanding in leading this year’s Honolulu and Kapolei City Lights programs.  She has proven experience in working with community groups and a variety of constituencies, making her a good fit with the network of Neighborhood Boards.”


            The following three individuals will assume positions as senior advisors:


·     Baybee Hufana-Ablan, former executive secretary of the Neighborhood Commission, as senior advisor for the Department of Emergency Services;


·     Danilo “Danny” Agsalog, former senior advisor to the Department of Emergency Services, as senior advisor for the Department of Community Services; and


·     Hubert P. Minn, senior advisor for the Department of Customer Services.


            Said Hannemann, “Baybee has introduced a number of improvements to the Neighborhood Board system.  She’ll now apply her past business experience in the health care field, along with her volunteer work on medical missions, to the work of the Emergency Services Department.


            “Danny Agsalog, meanwhile, has brought his considerable experience in budgetary and financial management to his responsibilities with the Emergency Services Department.  He’ll make an invaluable contribution to the Department of Community Services, which administers a slew of federal and local grants and programs,” Hannemann said.


            “Hubert Minn, a former member of the Board of Education and a 16-year veteran in the public schools, will be a welcome addition to the Department of Customer Services. He has broad experience in organizational quality control and public sector management, and will no doubt make some meaningful contributions to our operations,” the mayor said.






                  Bill Brennan, 527-6928

                  Mark Matsunaga, 527-5784


Monday, January 09, 2006

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