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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                   July 6, 2010






            (Tuesday, July 6, 2010) – Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced he has appointed two new members to his cabinet:  Dr. James H.E. Ireland as Director of the Department of Emergency Services and Kathleen A. Kelly as First Deputy Corporation Counsel.


            The appointments were effective July 1.


            Mayor Hannemann said, “I’m proud to have these individuals join the City administration.  Dr. Ireland is an esteemed member of our health care community and well-versed in the field of emergency medicine.  He’ll be a welcome addition to our team of first-responders.


“Kathleen Kelly has been at the center of some of the City’s most significant and far-reaching legal challenges, and I’m grateful that she’s accepted the responsibility of helping Corporation Counsel Carrie Okinaga oversee the legal operations of this key agency.”


            Dr. Ireland replaces Dr. Elizabeth A. Char, who resigned to pursue professional interests.  He wears many hats:  medical director of American Medical Response Ambulance, member of the Hawaii Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee, civilian medical director for the Hickam Air Force Base fire-emergency services unit, emergency physician at the Hawaii Medical Center, assistant clinical professor at the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine, and medical director for the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s aircraft rescue and firefighting unit.


            He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and his medical degree at the Ross University School of Medicine.  He was a resident at the Burns medical school and followed that with a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.


            Kelly takes over for Donna Woo, who retired.  A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Stanford University Law School, Kelly has been with the Corporation Counsel for seven years.  She most recently headed the unit that negotiated and reviewed agreements and contracts for public works projects and lease and land agreements.  Before joining the City, Kelly was with Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stifel.


            Hannemann said, “Libby Char and Donna Woo leave big shoes to fill.  Libby was an exceptional leader of the Emergency Services Department, enabling the agency to expand ambulance service to new areas, improve medical responses and training, oversee water safety operations, and enable the agency to tackle successfully a number of concerns, especially regarding funding from the state government.


            “Donna was instrumental in our progress on the legal front, providing the expertise and leadership that enabled us to save Waimea Valley and Pupukea-Paumalu from development and organizing the legal support for our rail transit project.  She will be sorely missed, to be sure.”





Bill Brennan, 768-6928