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Evening Meeting Explores County Manager Form of Government

March 10, 2016, 8:05 AM HST
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Special Committee on County Manager form of government. Image courtesy: Office of Council Services.

Special Committee on County Manager form of government. Image courtesy: Office of Council Services.

The Maui County Council’s Special Committee on County Governance has scheduled a meeting for tonight, Thursday, March 10, at 5 p.m. in the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s Pilina Multi-Purpose Room.

The council formed the 11-member special committee, composed of community volunteers, to provide a written recommendation on whether establishing a county manager form of government would improve the County of Maui’s management and operation.

Tonight’s meeting will be the committee’s seventh, and was scheduled in the evening to accommodate residents who are unable to attend daytime meetings.

Image courtesy: Office of Council Services.

Image courtesy: Office of Council Services.

In a county manager form of government, a professional manager is appointed to oversee a municipality’s administrative operations and implement policies established by the municipality’s elected legislative body.  It is being considered as an alternative to the current mayor-council form of government.

The special committee’s deadline to make a recommendation is June 1, 2016.

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Special Committee Chair Tony Takitani said, “We have heard from the two most recent mayors, as well as national and local experts, but would like to hear from more Maui County residents before making a recommendation.”

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Takitani said written testimony may be emailed to [email protected] A copy of the agenda, map of the venue and county manager informational documents are available at the Maui County website.

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