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Hawai‘i County names interim administrator to newly created office

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Bethany Morrison. Photo Courtesy: County of Hawai‘i

Hawaiʻi County has selected Bethany Morrison as the Interim Administrator of the newly established Office of Sustainability, Climate, Equity, and Resilience.

She will assume her new role in early 2024. 

Morrison has been with the County of Hawaiʻi for over 15 years, serving in various roles within the Planning Department. Most recently, she served as a Planner VI where she oversaw the General Plan Comprehensive Review and the County of Hawaiʻi’s Climate Action Plan. 


Morrison also has demonstrated leadership in crisis management, notably during Kīlauea Eruption Recovery and with her role on the Natural Resources Resilience Action Team. 

In her managerial role, she supervises consultants, facilitates community meetings, evaluates various development plans, and engages in legislative advocacy.

“This office is all about helping to make sure we have a future where our keiki can raise their keiki here for generations,” said Mayor Mitch Roth. “We are confident that Bethany understands that responsibility and will leverage her extensive experience and strong background in leading sustainability initiatives. With technical expertise in climate change mitigation and adaptation, proven leadership skills, proficiency in project management, and a successful track record in policy development and securing funding, she is well-equipped for her new role and we are excited to welcome her aboard.” 


As the appointed Interim Sustainability Administrator, Morrison will oversee the administration and operation of the Office of Sustainability, Climate, Equity, and Resilience, playing a pivotal role in steering the County toward its sustainability goals. Her responsibilities will span a diverse range, including developing policies and programs aligned with County codes, collaborating with County departments and community partners on sustainability and resilience strategies, and ensuring the equitable implementation of sustainability efforts across all community sectors.

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