Gov. Ige Appoints Seven to Cabinet Positions
Now a month into his new job, Governor David Ige continues to add key pieces to his cabinet.
In an announcement made on the final day of the 2014 calendar year, Ige announced seven cabinet members, including a new adjutant general, an acting director for the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and a new leader for the Department of Public Safety.
Col. Arthur “Joe” Logan will become the state’s new adjutant general, putting him in charge of training and readiness of the members of the Hawai’i National Guard. He has served in Afghanistan as commander of the Regional Police Advisory Command – Central, supporting the Afghan National Police.
Currently, Logan serves as the director of operations/G3 in the Hawai’i Army National Guard
Col. Kenneth Hara will become the deputy adjutant general. He is currently the chief of the Joint Staff for the National Guard.
Nolan Espinda will take over as the director of the Department of Public Safety. Espinda has been employed within the department since 1983. He has been the warden of the Halawa Correctional Facility since 2009.
Carty Chang will become the acting director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Chang replaces William Aila Jr., who was reassigned to a new role as deputy director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
Three other individuals were named to deputy department positions. Jade Butay returns to his former role as deputy director for administration in the Department of Transportation. He held the role from 2011-2013. Randy Baldemor, an employee in former Gov. Neal Abercrombie’s office as director of Strategic Initiatives, becomes the deputy director of the Department of Human Resource Development. Roderick K. Becker rounds out the list of Ige’s appointments, becoming deputy director of the Department of Budget and Finance.