Senate Confirms DHHL Chair and DOT Director

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March 6, 2015

SENATE CONFIRMS DHHL CHAIR AND DOT DIRECTOR

Deputy Chair and Director also confirmed by State Senate

Honolulu, Hawaii – In a unanimous vote, members of the state Senate confirmed Jobie Masagatani as Chairperson of the Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL) and William Aila, Jr. as Deputy to the Chair of DHHL.

“Chair Masagatani is clearly qualified to serve in this position and we agree that the continuity in her leadership will help stabilize the agency,” said Senator Maile Shimabukuro (D 21st District – Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko‘Olina, Nanakuli, Ma‘ili, Wai‘anae, Makaha, Makua), Chair of the Hawaiian Affairs committee. “We’re confident we will see great things happen under her leadership that will directly and positively impact the lives of Hawaiian home land beneficiaries through Hawaii nei.”

“I’m ready to get started and move forward on the things we’ve already initiated. There’s challenges, as with every agency, but I think it’s going to be a good team,” said Masagatani.

Senators also confirmed Ford Fuchigami as Director of the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Jade Butay as DOT Deputy Director by unanimous vote.

“Ford is highly motivated and a seasoned professional with excellent communications skills, proven leadership abilities, and extensive experience in business development and operations,” said Senator Clarence Nishihara (D 17th District – Waipahu, Crestview, Manana, Pearl City, Pacific Palisades), Chair of the Senate Transportation committee. “Ford will be a definite asset as director of the transportation department.”

Fuchigami said his department is dedicating the next four years to sustainable transportation. “The Governor’s committed to this, we have committed to this and the sustainable community is very excited that DOT is taking the lead in a lot of the initiatives when it comes to clean energy, so that’s the direction that we’re headed,” said Fuchigami.

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Members of the Senate with DHHL Chair Jobie Masagatani and Deputy to the Chair William J. Aila Jr, following their confirmation vote. Click image to enlarge

Members of the Senate with DHHL Chair Jobie Masagatani and Deputy to the Chair William J. Aila Jr, following their confirmation vote.
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Senator Shimabukuro, Chair of the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, with DHHL Chair Jobie Masagatani and Deputy to the Chair William J. Aila Jr, following their confirmation vote. Click image to enlarge

Senator Shimabukuro, Chair of the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, with DHHL Chair Jobie Masagatani and Deputy to the Chair William J. Aila Jr, following their confirmation vote.
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