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Mayor Mitch Roth announces leadership transitions

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From left: Deanna Sako, Diane Nakagawa and Aaron Brown. Photo Courtesy: County of Hawai‘i

Significant leadership transitions within the County of Hawaiʻi become effective today.

Deanna Sako, previously serving as Finance Director, has been appointed as the Managing Director for the County of Hawaiʻi. In her new role, Sako will play a pivotal part in the overall management and administration of county government operations. With a wealth of experience in financial management and a deep understanding of the County’s needs, Sako is well-suited to lead in this expanded capacity.

Mayor Roth expressed his confidence in Sako, stating, “Deanna has consistently demonstrated exemplary leadership and dedication to the County of Hawaiʻi. Her strategic mindset and proven track record make her an ideal choice for the position of Managing Director, where she will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success and progress of our County.”


Following Sako’s transition, Diane Nakagawa was promoted to the position of Finance Director. Nakagawa, who has been an integral part of the Finance Department recently serving as Deputy, brings a wealth of financial expertise and a deep understanding of the county’s fiscal matters. Mayor Roth believes that Nakagawa’s promotion will ensure the continuity of strong financial stewardship for the County.

Mayor Roth also announced the appointment of Aaron Brown to the role of Deputy Finance Director. Brown, previously serving as the Deputy County Clerk, comes with a background in finance and a proven record of effective financial and business management and is well-positioned to support the Finance Director in navigating the county’s fiscal responsibilities.

Two of the appointments – Deanna Sako as Managing Director and Diane Nakagawa as Finance Director – have received the necessary unanimous approval from the Hawaiʻi County Council. Aaron Brown’s appointment is not subject to Council approval.


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