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Maui Fire Chief Evaluation: “Very Favorable”

March 24, 2017, 3:02 PM HST
* Updated March 24, 3:04 PM
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Maui Fire Chief Jeffery Murray. Photo by Wendy Osher.

The annual performance evaluation of Maui Fire Chief Jeffrey Murray for the 2016 calendar year was “very favorable.”

The document, prepared annually by the Maui County Fire and Public Safety Commission, is mandated by the Maui County Charter.

“The results of the Chief’s Performance Review were very favorable,” said outgoing Chair Doreen “Pua” Canto.

“The Commission supports Chief Murray, and his Administration, and is looking forward to another promising year, as he strives to provide the highest level of professionalism and safe response to the community, and visitors alike.”

Despite challenges that came with the Ocean Safety merger, Canto said, Chief Murray was able to continue to develop the Maui Fire Department in realizing its mission, the dedication to the protection and preservation of life, the environment and property.

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“During its annual performance review of Chief Murray, the Fire and Public Safety Commission commended Chief Murray for his dedication and commitment to serving the community, and the men and women of the Department. Chief Murray and his team continually persevere despite department budget cuts and other operational challenges. Congratulations to Chief Murray for a job well done,” said Robyne Nishida Nakao, current Chair of the Commission.

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“Although this year we were faced with many obstacles including budget shortfalls and several large scale incidents, our personnel persevered and were still able to provide the best service as we are currently trained to do. Mahalo to the Commission and the hard working staff of this outstanding Department and all of our community partners for their continued dedication and support,” said Chief Murray.

The evaluation takes into consideration a variety of factors, including the demonstration of management, leadership, communication, policy development, budget management and customer service/community involvement; as well as special challenges such as 2016’s merger of the Ocean Safety Division from the Parks and Recreation Department into the Maui Fire Department.

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