White Holds on to Maui Council Chairmanship

January 3, 2017, 3:12 PM HST · Updated January 3, 3:18 PM
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Mike White. File photo 3.24.16 by Wendy Osher.

The Maui County Council announced the selection late last night of Mike White as Council Chair in a 5 to 4 majority vote.

The decision came after hours of testimony in which several other members were considered for the post.

The dispute over council leadership arose when council member Mike White announced the leadership prior to Monday’s vote. The early announcement drew opposition from some who argued that it was in violation of the Sunshine Law.

The council adopted resolution 17-1 shortly before 11 p.m. on Monday, acknowledging the decision of White as chair.

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The vote included support from Council members Bob Carroll, Stacy Crivello, Riki Hokama, Yuki Lei Sugimura and Mike White.  Those voting against resolution 17-1 were Don Guzman, Alika Atay, Elle Cochran and Kelly King.

The council completed the majority of its business into the night and early morning hours, reaching decisions for Chair, Vice Chair and Pro-Tempore, along with the rules of the Council and the hiring of staff.

The only outstanding business was the approval of an amended resolution on the body’s committee structure, sizes and members.

The resolution still needs to pass quorum with a majority vote of five members to be approved.

Officials with the Office of the County Clerk tell Maui Now that a public hearing will be scheduled at a future date on the matter, but a date and time had not been determined as of Tuesday 3 p.m. on Jan. 3, 2017.

The resolution includes suggested appointments to the various standing committees. Preliminary appointments identified in the resolution include:

Budget and Finance Committee
Riki Hokama, Chair
Mike White, Vice-Chair
Members: Alika Atay; Robert Carroll; Elle Cochran; Stacy Crivello; Don S. Guzman; Kelly King; and Yuki Lei Sugimura.
Housing, Human Services, and Transportation Committee
Stacy Crivello, Chair
Robert Carroll, Vice-Chair
Members: Alika Atay; Don S. Guzman; Riki Hokama; Kelly King; and Mike White.
Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee
Elle Cochran, Chair
Don S. Guzman, Vice-Chair
Members: Alika Atay; Robert Carroll; Riki Hokama; Yuki Lei Sugimura; and Mike White
Land Use Committee
Robert Carroll, Chair
Riki Hokama, Vice-Chair
Members: Alika Atay; Elle Cochran; Stacy Crivello; Don S. Guzman; Kelly King; Yuki Lei Sugimura; and Mike White.
Parks, Recreation, Energy, and Legal Affairs Committee
Don S. Guzman, Chair
Kelly King, Vice-Chair
Members: Alika Atay; Robert Carroll; Stacy Crivello; Elle Cochran; Riki Hokama; Yuki Lei Sugimura and Mike White.
Planning Committee
Kelly King, Chair
Yuki Lei Sugimura, Vice-Chair
Members: Elle Cochran; Stacy Crivello; Riki Hokama; Don S. Guzman; and Mike White
Policy, Economic Development, and Agriculture Committee
Yuki Lei Sugimura, Chair
Stacy Crivello, Vice-Chair
Members: Alika Atay; Robert Carroll; Elle Cochran; Don S. Guzman; Riki Hokama; Kelly King; and Mike White.
Water Resources Committee
Alika Atay, Chair
Elle Cochran, Vice-Chair
Members: Robert Carroll; Stacy Crivello; Kelly King; Yuki Lei Sugimura; and Mike White
Wendy Osher
Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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