Mayor to Select New Department of Public Works DirectorJuly 19, 2017, 10:11 AM HST (Updated July 19, 2017, 10:17 AM)
Frank DeMarco, the current Hawai‘i County Public Works director, has decided to retire. This action allows Mayor Kim to select a new director for this key county department. I hope he selects someone with a strong rapport with the public and won’t treat concerned citizens, such as myself, like an enemy of the state.
Mr. DeMarco has a military background, and tried to run this critical department as a military unit with a chain of command structure. His management style obviously didn’t work very well and caused a lot of unnecessary issues.
I was caught in the cross hairs of one of his ill-advised decisions, which restricted me from communicating with anyone in the county public works department. I was able to get this directive somewhat amended, so I could at least go through the county public works public information officer. If this effort was unsuccessful, I’d be required to submit all inquires via postal mail directly to the mayor’s office.
The Department of Public Works is a key part of county government. They’re responsible for approving building permits, and maintaining our roadway infrastructure. It is imperative that the new director to be transparent and have strong rapport with the public at large. Anything less would go against Mayor Kim’s campaign pledge to bring trust and integrity to county government.