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Applicants Sought for Chair of the Elections Commission

Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald. Courtesy of Hawaii News Now.

By Sonia Isotov

Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald is seeking applicants for Chair of the 9-member Hawaii State Elections Commission.

The nine-member panel is composed 2 members appointed by the Senate President, 2 members appointed by the Senate Minority Leader, 2 members appointed by the Speaker of the House, 2 members appointed by the House Minority Leader, 1 member selected by a two-thirds vote of the Elections Commission serves as Chairperson.

The Elections Commission appoints the Chief Election Officer (CEO) and oversees the functions of the CEO and the Office of Elections.

Anyone interested in serving as Chair of the Hawai`i Elections Commission should submit a cover letter and resume that include the following information:

  • A statement explaining why you are qualified to serve as Commission chairperson
  • Your education and employment history
  • The names of any immediate relatives who serve in elected office or any other information that may be considered in determining whether there is any potential conflict of interest if you were to be appointed chair
  • A disclosure of any pending litigation, tax, criminal or other matter that may present a potential conflict of interest with the duties of the Commission, or that may cause your integrity to be questioned
  • Three references

Cover letters and resumes may be sent to: Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald, Supreme Court of Hawaii, 417 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813, fax: 808-539-4703, or email chiefjustice@courts.hawaii.gov.

Resumes must be post-marked, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered no later than Thursday, April 5, 2012. The names of all applicants will be made public.

More information about the Hawai`i State Elections Commission can be found on the Commission’s website.

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