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Fujita to Lead Maui Office of Council Services

April 26, 2019, 8:50 AM HST
* Updated April 26, 9:20 AM
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Traci Fujita

The Maui County Council has appointed attorney, Traci Fujita as the new Director of the Office of Council Services effective May 1, 2019.

Council Chair Kelly T. King made the announcement this morning.

Fujita is currently a Legislative Attorney in the Office of Council Services and has previously served the County of Maui as First Deputy Corporation Counsel and Deputy Director of Liquor Control, among other positions. Fujita graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco in 1996.

“I am grateful and excited that Ms. Fujita will be leading the Office of Council Services,” King said. “Having worked with her in the prior term as my Planning Committee attorney, I know her management experience and interpersonal skills are as valuable as her legal acumen.”

Council Vice-Chair Keani Rawlins-Fernandez made the successful motion to approve Fujita’s appointment at Tuesday’s Council meeting.

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“She has served in both the executive and legislative branches and has fostered excellent working relationships throughout the County,” Rawlins-Fernandez said at the meeting. “Ms. Fujita’s management experience, legal expertise and mediation skills are a perfect fit for the Director of Council Services.”

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The Office of Council Services provides research, clerical and logistical support to the committees of the County Council and to councilmembers in the performance of their official legislative duties. Under a 2016 charter amendment, attorneys in the office are authorized to provide legal advice to the Council.

The term of employment for the Director and staff of the Office of Council Services coincides with the term of the Council, which expires on January 2, 2021.

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